2012 to be year of first ‘serious attempt’ at Lords Reform – Tyler

2012 will see the first serious attempt in a century to introduce elections to the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Tyler predicted this week.

The 1911 Parliament Act, brought in by Asquith’s Liberal Government, was put in place said “it is intended to substitute for the House of Lords as it at present exists a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of hereditary basis, but such substitution cannot be immediately brought into operation”.

This year, Nick Clegg is expected to put a House of Lords Reform Bill before Parliament following the Queen’s Speech.  Both he and the Prime Minister have committed to holding the first elections in 2015.

A Joint Committee of both Houses is presently examining a draft of the Bill.  Lord Tyler is a member of the Committee and recently updated Liberal Democrat members on its progress in a blog on Liberal Democrat Voice.

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