House of Lords Archive

  • Can MPs vote against article 50?

    Being played out in court at the moment is a case regarding the powers of parliament. Does the government have the constitutional right to trigger British departure from the EU on the strength of an explicitly non-binding referendum without parliamentary assent? For the record, the […]

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  • From the people who brought you electoral reform

    The government’s plans for reforming the House of Lords are in disarray.  A substantial majority – 462 to 124 – in the House of Commons voted for reform but the motion to set out the timetable for the debate was withdrawn in the face of […]

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  • The end of the coalition

    The results of the voting that took place on 3 May surely spell the beginning of the end for Britain’s coalition government.  (Read about the election results here.)  I am not referring to the victory for Labour and defeat for the coalition parties (with an […]

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  • The House of Lords is a mess

    The House of Lords is a mess.  It brings together in one place party political nominees (often former MPs), acknowledged experts on particular issues, descendants of drinking buddies of long-deceased monarchs, and a smattering of Anglican bishops, to sit in judgement on legislation.  We are […]

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  • Federal Union review of 2011

    Last year was dominated by the crisis in the eurozone.  It dominated the debate about the future of European integration, obviously, but has also turned out to be a major influence both in the UK and around the world. Taking Europe first, it is absurd […]

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  • Should we tinker with the House of Lords or leave well alone?

    Letter published in the Times, 20 August 2011 Sir, Professor Bogdanor’s warnings of possible gridlock between two elected Houses in Parliament are well made but one might question the assumption that an elected chamber must be directly elected. A second chamber could be indirectly elected, […]

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  • Constitutional Reform – End of the Road? (14 July 2011)

    Constitutional Reform – End of the Road? 14 July 2011, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a reception Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB Robert Hazell, Director of The Constitution Unit, will talk about the whole of the new government’s constitutional reform programme […]

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  • Moving to an elected House of Lords

    By Satish Desai Report on an event sponsored by Unlock Democracy Held at 11.30 am on 26 August 2009 at The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU The event was chaired by Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian, and Polly Toynbee, Peter Facey and Meg […]

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  • Gordon Brown’s constitution

    It may be safely said that Gordon Brown must have a strong constitution if he can withstand all that has been thrown at him and still remain prime minister. But can it be said that his latest proposals will strengthen the British constitution? His statement […]

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  • US-style senators

    Timothy Garton Ash, thinking about possible changes to the British constitution, writes of the House of Lords that “We can’t have US-style senators because we don’t have US-style states.” (Item 5 in his list here.) US senators are indeed powerful figures in the American political […]

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