Tag Archives: House of Lords

Government Ditches Plans To Curb Lords’ Powers

In a move that should surprise no one, the Government has decided that it will not try to abolish the House of Lords’ veto over statutory instruments. While the Parliament Act 1911 removed the Lords’ veto over Acts of Parliament, it did not make … Continue reading

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Are MPs Really A Threat To Brexit?

In the aftermath of the High Court’s Brexit ruling, many Leavers have expressed their fears that pro-EU MPs will try to wreck Brexit if given the chance. But is Parliament really a threat to Brexit? It’s true that the overwhelming majority of … Continue reading

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Seven Candidates, Three Voters

The British constitution sometimes begets very strange things. On April 19, the Liberal Democrat hereditary peers held a by-election to fill the vacancy caused by Lord Avebury’s death. The result was an election where seven candidates competed for the votes of three people (ironically, the … Continue reading

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A Few Words On Lord Sewel And Resignation From The House of Lords

Lord Sewel has been in the news a lot lately ever since a tabloid released a video of him allegedly snorting cocaine off a prostitute’s breasts. He has since had to step down from his roles as Deputy Speaker of the House … Continue reading

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Will Peer Pressure Be a Problem For Cameron?

Spare a thought for Baroness Stowell of Beeston, for she may have one of the most unenviable jobs in Government. As Leader of the House of Lords, she is responsible for piloting the Government’s legislation through the House, and there … Continue reading

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The Telegraph Gets Confused

January 23 marked the 30th anniversary of televised debates in the House of Lords, and to mark the occasion, an unnamed Telegraph reporter compiled a list of YouTube clips showing some of the more unusual incidents that have occurred in the chamber. One … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence and the Constitution

On September 18, Scotland will vote on whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom. If the Scottish people actually vote to leave (which seems unlikely, if polls are any indication), the United Kingdom will find itself in a constitutional … Continue reading

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