House of Lords

The government will have to fight for Lords reform

5 February 2012 16:16

House of Lords reform is one of those subjects that make most people’s eyes glaze over. But it is going…

Some numbers to encourage both halves of the coalition

30 January 2012 12:25

Yesterday’s YouGov poll for the Sunday Times had a few interesting nuggets buried beneath the top line (Lab 40, Con…

A defeat that delights the Tories

23 January 2012 22:11

Rarely can a government have been so pleased to have been defeated. The Tories are, privately, delighted that the Lords…

Where will the Welfare Reform Bill go from here?

12 January 2012 9:40

Yep, it’s that battle over ‘fairness’ again. Labour peers, along with a decent scattering of Lib Dems and independents, believe…

The scale of Clegg’s Lords challenge

6 January 2012 16:38

Tucked away on page 15 of today’s Times, there’s an insightful story about Lords reform (£) by Roland Watson. And…

Clegg tries to reassure his troops

28 December 2011 12:12

Only a few weeks ago, a statement from Nick Clegg in firm support of the coalition wouldn’t have been noteworthy…

We can’t ignore the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

23 December 2011 11:14

William Hague has transformed the Foreign Office in his 18 months in charge. He inherited a system hardwired with the…

Clegg sets out his stall for 2012

19 December 2011 16:23

Under cover of discussing the Open Society and its enemies, Nick Clegg today set out his personal agenda for the…

Lords at loggerheads

15 November 2011 16:57

It’s not every day a video of House of Lords business goes viral, but over the last couple of days…

How Lansley won over the Lords

13 October 2011 19:29

As Ben Brogan wrote this week, the House of Lords is threatening to become one of the biggest obstacles to…

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…