Tag Archive for House of Lords reform

House of Lords reform

Lord Lucas

The BBC says that we are to have full Lords reform early in the session, with a move to complete proportional representation.If that turns out to be the case, I think that we should welcome it. Our political representation is almost PR as it is. We’re used to minority parties – we’ve had Plaid and…

End of Term

Baroness Murphy

I have rarely heard such a disgruntled debate as last night on the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill. Lord Norton has already given the background in his blog of 22 March and was on fine form in the chamber. Lady Boothroyd, the former Speaker of the Commons, not normally given to hyperbole except in her…

Debating the constitution

Lord Norton

Last Friday, the House debated a Private Member’s Bill introduced by UKIP peer, Lord Willoughby de Broke.  His Constitutional Reform Bill was certainly not lacking in radical provisions (withdrawal from the EU, repeal of the Human Rights Act and the like).  I spoke and used the opportunity to link the Bill to the government’s approach…

Constitutional renewal starts at home

Baroness Murphy

I was the only woman to speak in Lord Tyler’s debate on constitutional renewal last Thursday, and characteristically perhaps for a woman I looked at the domestic governance arrangements inside the House which I observe do not serve well the business of the House. The House is unable to respond swiftly and effectively to crises…

Obama's healthcare dream

Baroness Murphy

Snowed in at home in Norfolk on Saturday, a slight rise in the freezing temperatures means we are now able to slide a car slowly down the lane to the main road rather like steering a boat. I had some sympathy with Senators in the US yesterday, trying to get into their crucial vote on…