House of Lords

Peers have defeated the government on an amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill. Picture: Getty

Government defeated on ‘poll tax mark two’

22 October 2012 18:45

The government suffered an awkward defeat in the House of Lords this afternoon on its changes to council tax benefit. Rebels on an amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill… Continue reading

Harriet Harman

Harman tries to play ball with Clegg on boundaries

3 September 2012 16:53

Nick Clegg didn’t mention the boundary reforms once in the statement he gave to the House of Commons on the death of the House of Lords Reform Bill. The Deputy… Continue reading

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

How the Lib Dems could be truly mature in government

7 August 2012 9:29

Nick Clegg’s decision to scupper boundary reviews in retaliation for the failure of his Lords reform programme is the very opposite of ‘mature’ government. It is the politics of the… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Visit The Olympic Park

Boundaries and Lords reform: what the two parties said

7 August 2012 9:12

The Liberal Democrats have spent the past few months building up to yesterday’s announcement that they would trash the boundary reforms following the failure of the House of Lords Reform… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Visit Essex

Cameron continues to stick to boundary reforms

6 August 2012 17:00

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Nick Clegg’s decision not to support the 2015 boundary changes as a ‘penalty’  for Lords reform not happening is that Downing Street is insisting… Continue reading

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The Lib Dem penalty for a ‘breach of contract’ on the Lords

6 August 2012 15:58

In his statement to the press this afternoon in which he confirmed that the Liberal Democrats were throwing the towel in over reform of the House of Lords, Nick Clegg… Continue reading

Cameron and Clegg and the rest of the Quad discussed options for the mid-term review

Killing the boundaries but not the coalition

6 August 2012 13:06

Nick Clegg will give a statement this afternoon on the House of Lords Reform Bill, and what will happen next. Number 10 was understandably cagey at this morning’s lobby briefing… Continue reading

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The fictional House of Lords

6 August 2012 12:38

The House of Lords has yet again survived reform. ‘We have been discussing this issue for 100 years and it really is time to make progress,’ the Prime Minister said… Continue reading

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Pushing the boundaries

4 August 2012 12:00

The conventional wisdom about the consequences of the failure of Lords reform is that the Liberal Democrats will wreak their revenge for the Conservatives’ ‘breach of contract’ by scuppering the… Continue reading


No sweeteners for Clegg on Lords reform

3 August 2012 18:24

In recent weeks, Downing Street has been repeatedly told by Tory MPs that if proposals for an elected element in the House of Lords were brought back to the Commons,… Continue reading

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R)

Tory backbench beats Lib Dems in battle of PM’s priorities

3 August 2012 14:04

Let’s forget for a minute about the Lib Dems and their dire threats of ‘consequences’ for the failure of the Lords Reform Bill and focus on the Conservative party. David… Continue reading

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Cameron to shelve Lords reform

3 August 2012 8:42

When the coalition returns from the summer recess, don’t expect a relaxed, post-holiday spirit. David Cameron has failed to convince his backbenchers to support the House of Lords Reform Bill… Continue reading


The post-’Cuban missile crisis’ coalition compromise

15 July 2012 17:00

At the top of the coalition there’s a concerted effort to calm tensions, to de-escalate after its ‘Cuban missile crisis’. As part of that, I understand that David Cameron has… Continue reading


Clegg’s ‘sensitive little violets’ get tough

14 July 2012 11:45

Two rather interesting reconciliations are taking place today. Ed Miliband is making the first speech of a Labour leader at the Durham Miners’ Gala since 1989. And Nick Clegg has… Continue reading

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Lords rebels meet to kill the bill

12 July 2012 17:30

The Lords reform rebels held a debrief today following David Cameron’s offer to the 1922 committee, I understand. The meeting, which took place mid-afternoon, was about what the rebels ‘need… Continue reading

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DJ Delingpole

12 July 2012 11:45

My Spectator comrade James Delingpole has many talents. Among them is his skill as a podcast-presenter for an American conservative website called ‘Ricochet’.  Yesterday he asked me to join him… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – Cameron on the run

12 July 2012 8:00

Have the Tories’ manoeuvres over Lords reform signalled the end of the coalition? In this week’s magazine, our leader argues that Tuesday’s rebellion shows that Tories are back in full… Continue reading

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Cameron’s attack on Jesse Norman will backfire

11 July 2012 11:30

Jesse Norman became the hero of the hour yesterday afternoon when the government admitted defeat against the Tory rebels and dropped the programme motion on Lords reform. Norman was keen… Continue reading

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Cameron’s leadership is bruised by Lords rebellion

10 July 2012 22:30

‘Shouldn’t we just go home?’ the SNP’s Pete Wishart asked Sir George Young this evening after the Leader of the House revealed the government was dropping its programme motion on… Continue reading


Yellow dove down

10 July 2012 18:00

The Lib Dem dove has been shot by a well-aimed Tory arrow tonight, and you can bet that more than a few of Nick Clegg’s allies will feel deeply betrayed.… Continue reading

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Lords reform is in the long grass

10 July 2012 17:30

The look on Nick Clegg’s face as he entered the chamber to hear Sir George Young announce the withdrawal of the programme motion said it all. The Deputy Prime Minister… Continue reading

Cameron and Clegg and the rest of the Quad discussed options for the mid-term review

Cameron will pick party over coalition on Lords reform

10 July 2012 16:00

The government’s apparent decision to pull the programme motion on the Lords Reform Bill is an admission that it would have lost the vote tonight, and heavily. The rebel numbers… Continue reading

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Charlotte Leslie becomes the latest 2010 MP to oppose Lords reform

9 July 2012 23:00

Charlotte Leslie becomes the latest star of the 2010 intake to come out against the coalition’s version of Lords reforms. Explaining her decision, she emphasised to The Spectator her concerns… Continue reading

Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Clegg takes a hammering over Lords reforms

9 July 2012 17:00

Nick Clegg was standing at the despatch box to move the second reading of the coalition’s Lords reform bill. But the reception he got was reminiscent of what used to… Continue reading


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 limiting the rebellion on the Lords. Some were even suggesting… Continue reading