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Lib Dems set to name 7 new peers for House of Lords, says Sunday Times

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2013

Today’s Sunday Times front page (£) splashes with a ‘Cash for peerages row hits Clegg’ headline. The reality is slightly less exciting: Rumi Verjee, a prominent donor to the Lib Dems, is apparently top of the list of seven names put forward for peerages: Rumi Verjee, a multimillionaire who brought the Domino’s pizza chain to [...]

Same sex marriage bill: how peers voted by party

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

We reported last night the historic decision of the House of Lords to approve the second reading of the Same Sex Marriage Bill by a hefty majority. 73 Lib Dem peers voted against Lord Dear’s wrecking amendment. And if you were wondering about the breakdown across the parties — how many of each voted for [...]

Constituency boundary changes are dead.* Unlike the House of Lords.*

by Stephen Tall on January 14, 2013

The House of Lords has today voted to block a reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600 as part of the review of constituencies that might have seen the Conservatives gain up to 20 seats. The BBC reports: The House of Lords voted by 300 to 231 to delay until 2018 a [...]

The graph which shows how many Tory, Labour and LibDem voters support House of Lords reform

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2012

The London Evening Standard reported this week a new poll under the headline Even Lib-Dems say Lords reform is not a priority. Buried two-thirds of the way down, however, was this interesting data: Today’s poll found the idea of reforming the Lords, which still has 92 hereditary peers, is widely supported. Eight in 10 people [...]

Lords reform: did we really expect any better of either the Tories or Labour?

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2012

All three main political parties fought the 2010 election promising the electorate that, if elected, they would reform the House of Lords. All three promised the same in 2005, too. And 2001. Yet in 2012 only one party is staying true to that promise: the Lib Dems. The Tories and Labour, in contrast, are happily [...]

The Weekend Debate: What’s wrong with making membership of the second chamber a lottery?

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… The debate about what a reformed House of Lords should look like has been defeating legislators for well over a century — and here’s a novel proposal from Sandy Walkington, who stood for the Lib Dems [...]

How referendums are the most effective way to maintain the status quo & what it means for Lords reform

by Stephen Tall on May 24, 2012

Warning: this post contains paradoxes and thinking in progress… Paradox 1: When asked, most people in this country say the current system of British politics needs to change. Yet the public consistently votes for small-c conservative parties and causes. Paradox 2: As both a liberal and a democrat, I want a more participative democracy. Yet [...]

In other news… Lib Dems close no libraries, Paddick pledges 360,000 homes, & Newby is new Lords whip

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Tim Farron: No library closed under Lib Dem leadership (LibDems.org.uk) Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council [...]

House of Lords rewind: what I said back in 2007

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Earlier this week I appealed to the Tories’ principle and pragmatism in recanting their opposition to House of Lords reform. It reminded me of this 3-minute video I recorded five years ago, when — in the naive assumption that the (…)

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I agree with Mark: The public did *not* reject proportional representation last year

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

Mark Thompson makes an excellent point over at his blog here. He points out that those Conservative MPs who now oppose the Coalition Agreement commitment to elect the House of Lords using proportional representation because they claim last year’s referendum (…)

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