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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Nick Clegg’s Conservative deputy is not an easy job. But… Continue reading

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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 of threats from the rebel camp, the legislation is finally… Continue reading

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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 to elect people to the Westminster parliament? I suspect that… Continue reading


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 has been the talk of the tearooms in Westminster for… Continue reading

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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 backbench have so far focused on opposition to the bill… Continue reading

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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, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives, who held an evening discussion about… Continue reading

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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. I used my time to set out why I would… Continue reading

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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 them out of the no lobbies. Switching from a salary… Continue reading


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 there than expected: some Tory Cabinet ministers who favour an… Continue reading

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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, a Tory peer and former chairman of the 1922 Committee,… Continue reading

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 joined at Westminster College Gardens, behind the cloisters of Westminster… Continue reading


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’ would be near the top of it. Yet that’s what… Continue reading


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 and same-sex marriage, it will be out-of-step with public opinion.… Continue reading


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 faithful as Boris Johnson. His column today in the Telegraph… Continue reading