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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…


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…

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…

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…

General Election - Week Two

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.…

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…


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…


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…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…


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…

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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,…

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…


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’…


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…


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…


Hammond speaks out

13 May 2012 10:56

Generally speaking, Philip Hammond is one of the Cabinet’s quieter members; a sort of human calculator designed to run a…


First blood to the sceptics on Lords reform

9 May 2012 13:24

The Queen’s Speech commitment that ‘A Bill will be brought forward to reform the composition of the House of Lords’…


Today’s theatrics will soon be overshadowed by Leveson

8 May 2012 21:22

Today’s Cameron-Clegg event was meant to be very different from the one in the Downing Street garden two years ago:…


Whatever they say, Lords reform will remain on politcians’ minds

6 May 2012 16:34

Have our politicos looked at last week’s turnout numbers, and thought ‘y’know, we might be a bit cut-off after all’?…