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Archive speeches: Bishop Tom Wright - 'The constitution is far more important than party politics.'

“Voting matters, but doing the job matters even more. The belief that only elected Members can have any sort of legitimacy, or that once someone has won a vote it gives them carte blanche to do whatever they like for the next five years, rings extremely hollow when it is precisely some of the elected Members in another place who have brought the system into disrepute. 2,658 more words


The Lords gave Osborne a bloody nose, but that doesn't justify its existence.

GO Lords! Opponents of the government’s tax credit cuts, including members of the Scottish National Party, were cheering the upper house last night. Their Lordships have made clear the Chancellor, George Osborne, needs to think again on this key measure of welfare reform. 692 more words


What does a Lord do when they disagree with their party's membership?

Today (20 October 2015) we have seen a Labour Peer “resign the Labour whip” – but not apparently resign from the party. This strikes me as strange because from the noise that Lord Warner is making this morning his gripe is not with his fellow Labour Peers, but with the Labour membership and their choice of leader. 521 more words

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Farewell speech by the Bishop of Lichfield - House of Lords Reform

On the 15th September 2015 the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, made his final speech before retirement from the House of Lords, during a debate on House of Lords Reform. 1,095 more words


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? 426 more words

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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. 749 more words

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An Alternative to Job Seekers Allowance and the State Pension

With the UK economy faltering and in no state to withstand another shock – we are still paying for the bank bailout – you may think that the prospect of  Job Seekers Allowance – £72.40 a week or £57.35 if you are under 25 – is not a very attractive prospect even assuming you can satisfy the onerous conditions and limited tenure.   346 more words