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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 and videos about his alleged use of drugs and prostitutes… Continue reading

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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 to the Parliamentary authorities this evening, Sewel says he will… Continue reading

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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 Sun, has caused fatal damage to his little-known reputation. It’s… Continue reading

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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 Parliament’s subsidised bars. Still, credit where credit is due, at… Continue reading

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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 the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging. … Continue reading

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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 (though they still seem to be having a bit of… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft jets off into the sunset

31 March 2015 16:49

So farewell then Lord Ashcroft: well, not quite. The former Tory Party treasurer has announced today that he has resigned his life peerage, yet will be able to keep his… Continue reading

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Mohammed Emwazi studied at the University of Westminster (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty)

If ‘non-violent extremists’ can’t express their views at universities, where can they?

4 March 2015 12:49

Last month, the government’s Counter-Terrorism & Security Bill became law. One provision is the legal obligation it places upon ‘specified authorities’ to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. ‘Specified authorities’… Continue reading

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The House of Lords is beyond reproach, apparently. (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

Jobs for the boys and girls

8 August 2014 10:21

Mr S can’t help but notice that there is no Ukip peer among the list of the newly ennobled. This is surprising. Nigel Farage has survived attacks, smears and a… Continue reading

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Baroness Betty Boothroyd is leading the charge against the government's exclusion of the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell, from Cabinet. (Image: Getty)

Betty Boothroyd and peers set to rebuke Cameron over Baroness Stowell’s exclusion from Cabinet

28 July 2014 17:13

Update: In a sign of the strength of feeling in the Lords on this matter, Boothroyd’s motion rebuking Cameron passed by 177 votes to 29. This foolish, unforced error now… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Michael Dobbs at Netflix's "House Of Cards" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on January 30, 2013 in New York City.

Michael Dobbs shuffles Cards in the House of Lords

14 May 2014 12:26

Filming of season three of Netflix’s House of Cards will begin in four weeks’ time in Maryland, creator Michael Dobbs revealed at Norman Tebbit’s book launch last night. Lord Dobbs,… Continue reading

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Peers launch bid to neuter controversial ‘stateless’ plan in Immigration Bill

28 March 2014 12:44

Remember that rather curious change to the Immigration Bill that would render foreign-born terror suspects ‘stateless’ that ministers managed to sneak through while most MPs were in a tizz about… Continue reading

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Mark Harper resigned after discovering his cleaner was working illegally.

Revolts over Immigration Bill loom in House of Lords

11 March 2014 16:25

Awkward rows about who employs ‘cheap foreign labour’ aside, the immigration issue is going to blow up again in the next couple of weeks when the Immigration Bill reaches report… Continue reading

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Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

The Lobbying Bill is bad for liberty

15 January 2014 10:00

The Prime Minister was on to something when as Leader of the Opposition he said that lobbying was ‘the next big scandal waiting to happen.’ But the Lobbying Bill’s methods… Continue reading

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The Quiet and Sorry Death of Liberalism, Part CCXXXIV

10 January 2014 14:31

The whole point of the House of Lords is that it lacks democratic legitimacy. This, as they say, is a feature not a bug. A damn good feature too. It… Continue reading

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The constitutional referendum in Ireland has failed to capture the public's imagination. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

If you think the House of Lords is bad for democracy, try the Irish senate

4 October 2013 20:55

Waves of apathy, a tsunami of indifference, engulfed Ireland for today’s constitutional referendums. When I was over there last week, I was more interested in the thing than anyone I… Continue reading

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The House of Lords is beyond reproach, apparently. (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

When is corruption not corrupt? When the establishment says it isn’t

5 August 2013 17:54

Mr Justice Tugendhat delivered a ferocious verdict last week. Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times claimed they had found Peter Cruddas, co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party, offering influence in return… Continue reading

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Will Nigel Farage explode the political establishment? Illustration: Stephen Collins.

Working peerages – a win for UKIP?

1 August 2013 12:21

UKIP is up in arms about the new working peers (or at least it’s pretending to be). The Greens get a peer and the Lib Dems get many peers; but… Continue reading

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New working peers announced

1 August 2013 11:08

Here is the list of new working peers. It features a number of donors and cronies, which is not remotely surprisingly. And yesterday’s party hacks get gifted a tomorrow - Annabel Goldie being the most conspicuous example. There are one or two interesting… Continue reading

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Baroness Verma saved the day in the Moses Room on Tuesday night when she offered Baroness Worthington a fruit pastille. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Rumpus on the red corridor

26 July 2013 11:29

The House of Lords’ committee rooms are not ordinarily the setting for a ruckus; but there was rumpus in the Moses Room on Tuesday night, when the greybeards were musing… Continue reading

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Peers pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher.

‘If only people could see the real Margaret Thatcher’: Lords pay tribute

10 April 2013 18:52

Today’s debates in Parliament about Baroness Thatcher were supposed to be a tribute to the first female Prime Minister. If you were looking for the most faithful rendition of this,… Continue reading

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Will bloggers escape from the shackles of press regulation?

‘Small-scale’ bloggers hear the chimes of freedom

25 March 2013 16:57

Bloggers of the United Kingdom rejoice – an exemption from the all-new press controls looks to be on the way. We are waiting today to see if any of the… Continue reading

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Oona King on the campaign trail during the 2005 election. She lost her seat to George Galloway. Image: Getty.

Oona King’s return to the spotlight

26 February 2013 12:44

The Lords’ terrace was transformed into a theatre yesterday evening to stage an adaptation of Blair Babe Oona King’s House Music diaries, which recount her career as MP for Bethnal Green… Continue reading

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Those involved in the cross-party talks have praised Oliver Letwin for the way he is managing them. Picture: Getty

Leveson Royal Charter plan remains uncharted territory

11 January 2013 17:50

Strong words in the Lords today about the media and the government’s stance on Leveson, but what are the discussions like between the three parties behind the scenes? Though they… Continue reading

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