House of Lords


Is Lords reform heading for a slow or quick death?

9 July 2012 12:30

At the end of last week, Number 10 was optimistic that it and the whips were having some success in…

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What Mark Harper isn’t telling us

9 July 2012 11:00

Mark Harper is touring the broadcast studios at the moment making the case for the coalition’s Lords reform bill. Being…

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The day of the Lords arrives

9 July 2012 8:45

Lords reform makes its way into the Commons today, but it’s hardly a relief for the whips that after weeks…

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The Tory troublemaking begins on Lords reforms

8 July 2012 13:45

One instructive way to think about Tuesday’s vote on Lords reform is, do you want to have proportional representation used…


Lib Dems push the boundaries

6 July 2012 8:45

That the Liberal Democrats might try to scupper the boundary reforms if they don’t get their way on Lords reform…

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The Tory fight for Lords reform

4 July 2012 11:15

Last night a group of Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs met to discuss Lords reform. Public outbursts from the Conservative…

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Hereditary Lords

3 July 2012 14:45

House of Lords reform? Most politicos are debating whether to elect senators or maintain the status-quo. Not so the Kensington,…

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Lords reform is an ill-considered pet project

28 June 2012 10:45

At the first meeting of the 1922 Committee following the 2010 election, I was the only new MP to speak.…

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Long nights of Lords reform ahead

26 June 2012 21:15

The concessions that David Cameron has reportedly offered the Conservative backbench on Lords reform are really not sufficient to keep…


The big beast Boris savages Lords reform

25 June 2012 10:45

The coalition’s plan for House of Lords reform will go to Cabinet on Tuesday. It could have a trickier time…

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Danger in the Lords

19 June 2012 17:30

Opponents of an elected House of Lords have been flexing their muscles in the last few days. Yesterday, Archie Hamilton,…

Parliamentary Tug of War

Where arms dealers meet do-gooders

13 June 2012 13:00

Yesterday saw the annual Commons vs. Lords Tug of War, in aid of Macmillan and sponsored by BAE. Battle was…


The expenses spotlight falls on Baroness Warsi

27 May 2012 11:00

If David Cameron had a list of headlines he doesn’t want to see, I’m sure ‘Top Tory in expenses scandal’…


The public doesn’t want the government to drop Lords reform or gay marriage

14 May 2012 14:57

It’s been a fashionable line on the Tory right of late that if the government pushes ahead with Lords reform…


Boris keeps on charming his party

14 May 2012 12:10

Not since Michael Heseltine has there been a politician who is so adept at finding the g-spot of the Tory…


Hammond speaks out

13 May 2012 10:56

Generally speaking, Philip Hammond is one of the Cabinet’s quieter members; a sort of human calculator designed to run a…


First blood to the sceptics on Lords reform

9 May 2012 13:24

The Queen’s Speech commitment that ‘A Bill will be brought forward to reform the composition of the House of Lords’…


Today’s theatrics will soon be overshadowed by Leveson

8 May 2012 21:22

Today’s Cameron-Clegg event was meant to be very different from the one in the Downing Street garden two years ago:…


Whatever they say, Lords reform will remain on politcians’ minds

6 May 2012 16:34

Have our politicos looked at last week’s turnout numbers, and thought ‘y’know, we might be a bit cut-off after all’?…


The Lib Dems jostle for airtime

1 May 2012 15:23

Yep, they’re inescapable, those Lib Dems. Even when the airwaves are dominated by Rupert Murdoch and Tom Watson, they’re there…


The View from 22 — 26 April 2012

26 April 2012 9:01

Here, CoffeeHousers, is this week’s episode of The View From 22 podcast. Thank you for the continued feedback, we’ve tried…

The House of Lords Makes No Sense; Which is Why it Works

24 April 2012 13:40

Of all the cockamamie ploys favoured by this government, House of Lords reform is close to being both the most…


Cameron needs results that match his words

23 April 2012 10:21

Further to James’s post on the Cameron interview, here’s what jumped out at me: 1. ‘Governments have difficult months. This…


Cameron tries to return to the big picture

23 April 2012 9:05

David Cameron is out doing the media rounds today. He wants to, in his words, get back to the ‘big…


Clegg stands firm against Lords referendum

22 April 2012 16:16

In his interview with Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics, Nick Clegg argued against a referendum on Lords reform on…