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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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Why I Support An Appointed House of Lords

Yesterday’s post on David Cameron’s latest tranche of peers provoked the following question from a reader: Why don’t you support an elected House of Lords? In principle, I have nothing against the idea of an elected Lords. My objections stem … Continue reading

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David Cameron Creates 45 New Peers

The Dissolution Honours List for the last Parliament has finally been announced, and it includes 45 new peerages, which will bring the total number of peers in the House of Lords to 826. With 26 new peers, the Conservatives will be the main … 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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Miliband Wants to Replace Lords With Senate of Nations

Yesterday, Ed Miliband promised to replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate if Labour wins office next May. At first blush, this seems like a dog-bites-man story. After all, Labour argued for a fully elected second chamber in their … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Contemporary House of Lords by Meg Russell

Like the late Rodney Dangerfield, the House of Lords don’t get no respect. Many observers dismiss it as politically irrelevant, and the media often ignores it. But while it’s undeniable that the House of Commons is the dominant chamber, it would be … Continue reading

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The Real Obstacle to Lords Reform

The BBC has come up with a brief video on the subject of House of Lords reform. Although reporter Giles Dilnot provides a decent overview of the obstacles that stand in the way of Lords reform (inter-party disagreement, intra-party disagreement, lack of public interest, etc.), … Continue reading

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A Small Step for Lords Reform

Parliament took a tiny step toward reforming the House of Lords when the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 received Royal Assent last Wednesday. The changes are small but significant: peers can now resign their seats, and peers who have been convicted of … Continue reading

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