House of Lords


The real problem is George Osborne’s attitude to budgets

30 October 2015 17:18

The government’s reaction to Monday night’s vote on tax credits was to institute a review of the Lords’ powers. The…

Lords At State Opening of Parliament, UK

How will the government respond to this peer pressure?

30 October 2015 12:38

Monday’s night defeats for the government over tax credits in the House of Lords put into lights a problem that…

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A coalition victory at Westminster Dog of the Year

29 October 2015 18:19

As stormclouds gathered over London, the most politically connected pooches in the country assembled by the House of Lords for the…

British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives in Downing Street on July 14, 2014 in London, England

William Hague prepares to go to war in the Lords

28 October 2015 11:42

On Monday night the Tories were narrowly defeated in the Lords by 289 to 272 on their plans to cut…


Osborne prepares to face 1922 Committee as Tory anger at peers builds

27 October 2015 16:35

It is difficult to exaggerate the fury in the Tory party at the House of Lords after last night’s double…

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Ministers must now work out how to avoid a similar showdown with the Lords

27 October 2015 13:25

Unsurprisingly, the double defeat in the Lords on tax credits came up at Cabinet today. Baroness Stowell, Leader of the…

Chris Grayling at the Conservative party conference on September 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

A demonstrator from 38 Degrees stands outside the Houses of Parliament holding a box with the slogan "270,000 say House of Lords: Protect tax credits" on October 26, 2015 in London, England.

Going to war with the Lords over tax credits would retoxify the Conservatives

26 October 2015 21:09

With a gossamer Tory majority in the Commons and no majority at all in the Lords, confrontation between the two chambers…

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Osborne pledges help for tax credit claimants after Lords humiliation

26 October 2015 21:03

Tonight has not been a good one for George Osborne, with peers refusing to take his word that he was…

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Number 10 lashes out at Lords on tax credits vote

26 October 2015 20:50

Number 10’s response to the government being defeated twice in the Lords on tax credits is, unsurprisingly, to say that…

How useful a function is George Osborne's 'listening mode'? Picture by Carla Millar

Peers offered tax credit deal: behave and Osborne will listen to you

26 October 2015 15:57

The House of Lords is unusually packed this afternoon for the debate on tax credit cuts. As I explained earlier,…

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What to expect from today’s Lords showdown on tax credits

26 October 2015 11:39

There could be four troublesome votes on tax credits in the Lords this afternoon, each challenging not just the measures…

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Matthew Hancock on tax credits: ‘George is very much in listening mode’

26 October 2015 7:53

The House of Lords is set to vote on several measures relating to the tax credits reforms today and Westminster is on tenterhooks…

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Lord Rennard’s call for House of Lords reform backfires

8 September 2015 10:12

In this year’s dissolution honours, the Liberal Democrats were awarded 11 peerages, three more than their total number of MPs. Since this brought…

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Why a politician-free House of Lords is the only democratic solution

30 August 2015 12:55

In my business, there’s a lot of fretting about the idea of representativeness. Pollsters put questions to, say, a thousand people –…

Shas Sheehan, "possibly the least capable or deserving person to ever be made a peer in the history of the Lib Dems"

Is Shas Sheehan the “least deserving person to ever be made a Lib Dem peer?”

27 August 2015 17:29

As well as it being rather amusing that a party officially committed to the abolition of the House of Lords…

Members of House of Lords in robes at State Opening of Parliament, House of Lords, England, United Kingdom.

Long-serving frontbenchers and the Spadocracy dominate the 2015 dissolution peers

27 August 2015 13:42

The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced, with many of the names floated in the press over the last few weeks…


Karen Danczuk comes to Lord Sewel’s aid: ‘Why are we to judge?’

30 July 2015 15:25

Yesterday Lembit Opik spoke out in defence of Lord Sewel after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the Labour peer…

Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lembit Öpik comes to Lord Sewel’s defence: ‘He can help to clean up Parliament’

29 July 2015 14:09

Yesterday Lord Sewel stepped down from the Lords after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the former deputy speaker snorting…

Lords At State Opening of Parliament, UK

Lord Sewel resigns from House of Lords — here comes the inevitable calls to scrap it

28 July 2015 9:05

Lord Sewel has announced he has resigned from the House of Lords this morning. 48 hours after the first stories…

Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lord Sewel takes leave of absence from Lords

27 July 2015 18:14

Lord Sewel has announced he is taking a ‘leave of absence’ from the House of Lords. In a statement sent…


Lord Sewel’s greatest crime is damaging the House of Lords’ reputation

27 July 2015 8:20

Lord Sewel’s career is well and truly over. His alleged participation in illicit activities involving drugs and prostitutes, as reported by The…


Revealed: the lords who haven’t paid their bar tabs

11 June 2015 14:49

Members of the House of Commons were reprimanded in the media for splashing out £11,000 in just one week in…

Earl Grey appealing to the Bench of Bishops in the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Secularists need to prioritise their targets

20 May 2015 17:06

I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area…

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How Tory ministers could sneak out policies the House of Lords blocked

14 May 2015 15:38

Now that we can’t brace ourselves for the SNP ruling over Westminster and the Labour party as we’d been warned…