Posts Tagged “lords reform”

The 15 words that mean the Coalition won’t fall, no matter what happens to Lords reform

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2012

There’s a very simple reason why — even if enough Tory MPs inflict the Coalition’s first defeat on a key plank of the Coalition Agreement which appeared in their last three manifestos — the Government will not fall tomorrow. It’s these 15 words from the May 2010 Programme for Government: The deficit reduction programme takes […]

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 […]

Q: What links the AV referendum, boundary changes & Lords reform? A: The Coalition Agreement

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2012

It appears the Tories are attempting a sneaky re-write of some very recent, and well-documented, history. What prompts me to say this? Let’s look at the FT’s Kiran Stacey’s report of Nick Clegg’s feisty performance at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions: [Peter Lilley] asked why he was so focused on House of Lords reform when there […]

LDVideo: Ming Campbell – House of Lords reform part of Lib Dem DNA

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

Here’s a clip of former Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Menzies Campbell declaring reform of the unelected upper house — that century-old piece of ‘unfinished business’ — is an innate part of what defines Liberal Democrats: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his […]

“Delivering this is going to be very difficult” – Tory peer Strathclyde’s verdict on Lords reform

by Stephen Tall on June 18, 2011

Let’s start with the good news — Lord Strathclyde, the Tory leader in the Lords is a self-styled “long-term supporter” of reform of the Upper House. Now for the bad news — he’s pessimistic that the Coalition will actualy deliver elected senators by 2015, the deadline set by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Here’s what […]