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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.  285 more words

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Making fun of the House of Lords: an appreciation

One of the joys of living in Britain is that you get to make fun of the House of Lords, and I’ve had at least my share of fun with that and probably used up someone else’s portion as well, but a recent (okay, not so recent; it’s taken me a while to get around to this) … 1,465 more words

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Removing Bishops from the House of Lords; Government response to petition

Bishops provide an important independent voice and spiritual insight into the work of the Upper House and while they make no claims to direct representation, they seek to be a voice for all people of faiths. 

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Bishop of Rochester contributes to debate on Lords powers

On 13th January 2016, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, spoke in a debate on Lord Strathclyde’s motion “that this House takes note of Command Paper Cm 9177, Secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons.” This related to the Strathclyde Review, which assessed the House of Lord’s powers regarding Statutory Instruments. 890 more words


Response to Government statement on Strathclyde Review

Well my Lords, it didn’t take long, did it?

The first wholly Conservative Government for nearly 20 years, the first ever without an automatic majority in Your Lordships House and within months they’re already trying to change the rules on the pretext that this House has exceeded its powers. 1,176 more words


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


Revealed: the true scale of opposition to our unelected Lords

The full extent of opposition to our unreformed House of Lords has been revealed…the day after the government announced their ‘rapid review’ into the powers of the upper chamber.   522 more words