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Supporting same-sex marriage

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Last year, the House of Lords voted for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by an overwhelming majority, taking commentators – and many peers – by surprise.  The scale of support was greater than in the House of Commons.  Every grouping in the House (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and cross-benches) produced a majority in support…

Finding out about the House of Lords

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The House of Lords has a strong commitment to outreach and engagement.  This includes the  ‘Peers in Schools’ programme as well as this blog, a unique collaboration of members drawn from different parts of the House.  The House also publishes a range of literature to explain what it does and to provide data on its…

Making progress on the Byles Bill

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Yesterday (Friday), the House gave an unopposed Second Reading to the House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill.  You can read the debate here. The Bill has already been taken through the House of Commons by Dan Byles and was introduced in the Lords by Lord Steel.  The Bill is a shortened version of the…

Debating parliamentary privilege

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The House yesterday debated the report from the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.   I was one of those who spoke in the debate.  (You can read the speech here.) The report was a measured and helpful report, arguing against having a statutory codification of privilege and instead putting the case for flexibility.  It made a number…