House of Lords

Managing the boundary changes

12 September 2011 13:13

MPs are queuing down the corridor on the first floor of Portcullis House as they try to get hold of a copy of the proposed boundary changes which have just… Continue reading


More ermine troubles for Nick Clegg

1 June 2011 10:54

Tory backbenchers have been whispering to the Times (£), and their words will not hearten Nick Clegg. If the coalition pushes for Lords reform, one says, then about 50 of… Continue reading


Clegg’s ermine troubles

31 May 2011 9:09

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas, that much we know. But thanks to the wonders of modern science, we can now poll them on it. Today’s Times carries a survey of… Continue reading


Clegg’s great rejuvenator falls a little flat

17 May 2011 16:32

‘Constitutional reform is a waste of time, pure and simple. It never actually achieves its avowed end of reconnecting the voters with democratic institutions,’ wrote John McTernan, the former advisor… Continue reading


The Lords punish Cameron over policing

12 May 2011 10:10

In Number 10, they are already concerned that they are losing public support on crime and punishment. David Cameron is planning to give a speech on the subject that will,… Continue reading


The Dame departs

10 May 2011 10:57

Pauline Neville-Jones was a first. She was one of the first women in the Foreign Office to climb the department’s male-dominated ladder, serving as Lord Tugendhat’s chef de cabinet at… Continue reading


An election before 2015 could soon be illegal

7 May 2011 15:02

Amazingly, the forces of conservatism derided by Tony Blair, are in the ascendant, their enemies scattering and in retreat. Bin Laden is dead, the oil price tumbling, the Royal Wedding… Continue reading


Weapons-grade Cable

7 May 2011 10:31

Which Lib Dem can be rudest about the Tories? Chris Huhne, you must admit, gave it a decent shot yesterday, describing his parties’ "extraordinary anger" with their coalition stablemates. Even… Continue reading


How the recriminations over AV’s defeat will change the debate over Lords reform

30 April 2011 11:35

It is odd to think that only the second national referendum in our history is only five days away. The combination of the Royal Wedding and the failure of the… Continue reading


The coalition’s self-repair effort will meet backbench resistance

26 April 2011 11:19

This week, breakage. Next week, super glue. Given the noises emanating from Downing Street, there’s little doubt that the Tory and Lib Dem leaderships are going to do a repair… Continue reading


Lansley and Cameron in the firing line

13 April 2011 12:05

The coalition’s decision to ‘pause’ its NHS reforms has left an open goal for its opponents, and they’ve been busy tapping the ball into this empty net this morning. At… Continue reading


Lords: government not championing European single market "strongly"

5 April 2011 10:43

Tucked away in an old building, where few people knows of its existence, lives one of the most important parliamentary creatures – the House of Lords European Union Committee. Often… Continue reading


IDS vows to tackle Britain’s welfare addiction

17 February 2011 18:01

IDS and David Cameron have been evangelising. An insistent newspaper article and pugnacious speeches herald the latest welfare reform drive. There has been one significant u-turn: the threat to decimate… Continue reading


Amending the AV bill

15 February 2011 12:57

Yesterday, the coalition said it would try and overturn all four of the Lords’ amendments to the AV bill. But today it announced that it would accept the one saying… Continue reading


The AV referendum hasn’t captured the public’s imagination

14 February 2011 15:48

It is odd to think that in just a few months we’ll be having only the second nationwide referendum in our history and no one is particularly excited about it.… Continue reading


The dignified and undiginified parts of the constitution

26 January 2011 18:55

There’s a febrile atmosphere in Westminster tonight. The coalition is poised for a frontal assault on the privileges of the House of Lords and there is an expectation that today’s dramatic developments in… Continue reading


The Lib Dems reject Ed Miliband’s overtures (again)

26 January 2011 16:29

What a joy it is to watch Ed Miliband contort and twist so that he can offer a hand of friendship to the Lib Dems. It has been a three-act… Continue reading


We await their lordships

13 January 2011 19:02

The May 5th date for the AV referendum is under threat because the bill paving the way for it might not get through the House of Lords in time. The… Continue reading


An 80 percent elected Lords would not be a Lib Dem triumph

30 December 2010 17:23

The Lib Dem manifesto committed the party to a fully elected House of Lords. The Tory manifesto talked about a ‘mainly-elected’ second chamber and in 2007 David Cameron voted for… Continue reading


Miliband’s New Generation draws the line under donor peers

20 November 2010 10:57

Patronage remains a strong statement of leadership, and an indication of a leader’s competence. As James noted yesterday, Ed Miliband chose the occasion to play one of his few picture… Continue reading


What the new peerages tell us about the party leaders

19 November 2010 13:00

Today’s peerage list contains more interesting names than usual. Jullian Fellowes — Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, Snobs — is the one who will get the most attention. It is a… Continue reading


Full list of peerages

19 November 2010 11:49

Number 10 has published the full list of new peerages. There are 27 new Conservative peers, including Sir Patrick Cormack, Richard Spring, Julian Fellowes, Howard Flight, Michael Grade and Patience… Continue reading


To A Foulkes

29 August 2010 13:58

George – now Lord – Foulkes is taking his leave of Holyrood and returning to the comfort of the red benches in the House of Lords. It’s fair to say… Continue reading


Is the United States Senate Broken?

10 August 2010 15:30

In one sense, yes it is. The Senate may be the world’s most exasperating deliberative body. As with it’s Roman counterpart there’s a growing sense that the Senate has outlived… Continue reading


Mandelson’s miscalculation

17 July 2010 11:26

Peter Mandelson’s decision to support Gordon Brown right to the end enabled him to cease being a purely factional figure in the Labour party. The multiple standing ovations he received… Continue reading