Tag Archive for lords reform

Late night Lady

Baroness Deech

I am keeping an eye on the late night debates, even though we crossbenchers feel a bit like referees watching from the sidelines as the 2, or is it 3 parties slug it out over the PVS&C Bill.  I welcome Lord Low’s calm and holistic view.  But I can’t help feeling that the behaviour of…

Is today yesterday?

lordknight

It is 1.50am.  I am in my Lords office waiting to speak to my amendment to the Parliamentary Voting and Constituencies Bill which tries to link the decision on the number of MPs with the number of Lords.  This is my own attempt to get some big picture coherence on constitutional reform. The signs are…

Schools’ debate on (and in) the Lords

Lord Norton

The debate in the chamber yesterday, in which teams from four schools each advocated one of the options for the future of the Lords (all appointed, hybrid, abolition, all elected) produced the following results: Fully appointed: 81 Hybrid: 48 Abolition: 26 Fully elected: 8 Congratulations to the team from the Robert Clack School in Dagenham…

School pupils to debate the Lords

Lord Norton

Yesterday (Friday) the House met and debated reform of the House.  Next Friday, the chamber will also be used to debate the same subject – but this time the debaters will not be peers but pupils from a number of state schools.  There will be teams from four schools, each advancing the case for one of the…

Peers in Waiting

Baroness Murphy

As my fellow bloggers have said, returning to parliament felt different this time. The sheer numbers of new boys and girls, with more on the way, makes the place feel claustrophobically crowded at question time. I failed to arrive before prayers on tuesday and couldn’t get a seat anywhere. Eventually I squeezed on the back…