House of Lords

MPs reject Article 50 Lords amendments

13 March 2017 18:59

The government has successfully defeated the two Lords amendments to its Article 50 bill. MPs voted down the first amendment, committing…

Government suffers its second Article 50 defeat in the Lords

7 March 2017 20:31

Tonight the government suffered its second Article 50 bill defeat in the House of Lords. Peers backed an amendment calling for a…

What the papers say: Why amending the Brexit bill would be a mistake

7 March 2017 8:24

Remember David Cameron’s renegotiation with Brussels in the run-up to the referendum? There’s a good chance you’ve probably forgotten; after…

What the papers say: Why Sajid Javid needs to listen up to shopkeepers

22 February 2017 8:41

If Britain really is still a nation of shopkeepers, the Government seems to be picking its enemies rather unwisely with its…

Why the Lords won’t block Brexit

11 February 2017 10:35

The government has no majority in the House of Lords and a majority of peers were pro-Remain. But despite this,…

Why don’t the EU’s pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

5 February 2017 10:00

‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

Strikes shouldn’t be able to shut down key railway lines

17 December 2016 10:31

300,000 people were hit by Aslef and the RMT’s strike on Southern Rail yesterday. The bad news for commuters is…

What the papers say: ‘Bone headed’ Labour and why it’s right to reform the Lords

18 November 2016 8:44

Labour’s confused stance on immigration riles the tabloids in today’s papers – with the party’s position described as ‘bone headed’ in…

Shami Chakrabarti makes her Lords debut

13 September 2016 18:01

Although David Cameron’s resignation honours were widely criticised for cronyism, it’s fair to say that Jeremy Corbyn’s one appointment to…

Are the boundary reforms really good for democracy?

7 September 2016 16:05

One of the big political rows of the autumn will be over the proposed changes to constituency boundaries. Labour is…

If the Lords try to end the Brexit nightmare, it will only end badly

6 August 2016 9:15

We could be heading for a colossal constitutional showdown. Earlier this week, Baroness Wheatcroft told the Times that she and other…

Why Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right not to resign as Labour leader

30 June 2016 14:11

Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right not to resign as Leader of the Labour Party. Those calling for his resignation –…

The Strathclyde review won’t make Parliament work better

17 December 2015 9:28

The Strathclyde Review into the power of peers to block legislation sent up by the Commons reports today, and it…

The Lords back down on votes at 16 for the EU referendum

14 December 2015 17:30

The House of Lords has tonight rejected a Labour amendment that would have given 16 and 17 year olds the…

The real problem is George Osborne’s attitude to budgets

30 October 2015 17:18

The government’s reaction to Monday night’s vote on tax credits was to institute a review of the Lords’ powers. The…

How will the government respond to this peer pressure?

30 October 2015 12:38

Monday’s night defeats for the government over tax credits in the House of Lords put into lights a problem that…

A coalition victory at Westminster Dog of the Year

29 October 2015 18:19

As stormclouds gathered over London, the most politically connected pooches in the country assembled by the House of Lords for the…

William Hague prepares to go to war in the Lords

28 October 2015 11:42

On Monday night the Tories were narrowly defeated in the Lords by 289 to 272 on their plans to cut…

Osborne prepares to face 1922 Committee as Tory anger at peers builds

27 October 2015 16:35

It is difficult to exaggerate the fury in the Tory party at the House of Lords after last night’s double…

Ministers must now work out how to avoid a similar showdown with the Lords

27 October 2015 13:25

Unsurprisingly, the double defeat in the Lords on tax credits came up at Cabinet today. Baroness Stowell, Leader of the…

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

Going to war with the Lords over tax credits would retoxify the Conservatives

26 October 2015 21:09

With a gossamer Tory majority in the Commons and no majority at all in the Lords, confrontation between the two chambers…

Osborne pledges help for tax credit claimants after Lords humiliation

26 October 2015 21:03

Tonight has not been a good one for George Osborne, with peers refusing to take his word that he was…

Number 10 lashes out at Lords on tax credits vote

26 October 2015 20:50

Number 10’s response to the government being defeated twice in the Lords on tax credits is, unsurprisingly, to say that…

Peers offered tax credit deal: behave and Osborne will listen to you

26 October 2015 15:57

The House of Lords is unusually packed this afternoon for the debate on tax credit cuts. As I explained earlier,…