Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

As the Lords prepared to vote this week on the Queen’s Speech, I have been asked often about whether the so-called “Salisbury-Addison Convention” applies during this Parliament, to proposals from a Government which did not obtain a majority in the Commons.

Briefly, the Convention holds that the Lords does not reject Bills predicated on manifesto commitments, nor . . . → Read More: Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

Tyler slams “musical chair schemes” for retaining appointed Lords

Lib Dem Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson, Paul Tyler, this week re-iterated his party’s support for a democratic second chamber and rejected ‘devious schemes’ which merely tinker with an appointed House.  Speaking in the Lords, he said:

My Lords, the position of my party is very straightforward and consistent.  This is the one respect in which we agree with . . . → Read More: Tyler slams “musical chair schemes” for retaining appointed Lords

Perhaps the Chancellor is spending too much time with the Chinese?

The announcement that Labour and the Liberal Democrats intend on voting for a motion to block tax credits has caused a stir at ‘the other place’ in Parliament. Accusations that the upper chamber is overstepping the mark have been flying from Conservative MPs, with the issue even rearing its head at Prime Ministers Questions, with Jacob . . . → Read More: Perhaps the Chancellor is spending too much time with the Chinese?