House of Lords

Lansley’s real fight

13 October 2011 9:21

Yesterday was a rare good day for Andrew Lansley: the Health Bill survived its trial in the House of Lords.…

Three Cheers for the House of Lords

12 October 2011 0:01

As a general rule complaints that the opposition are too beastly for words should not be taken too seriously. They…

Which amendments to the NHS bill would the government accept?

11 October 2011 15:22

The Lords has been debating the Owen/Hennessy amendment to the NHS bill, which threatens to upset the coalition. Owen and…

Downing Street’s boundary review problem

14 September 2011 18:04

I understand that Number 10 will lean on Cabinet ministers not to object to what the boundary review does to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…