Protest

In a quieter moment last week, sitting on our front bench on Wednesday, I was inspired to leaf through unexplored pages of that essential guide to whole way in which the House of Lords works, the Companion.

My eye was caught by an unfamiliar section: PROTESTS, which read as follows:

Any member has the right to record a . . . → Read More: Protest

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?

Government is playing a dangerous game by resisting democratic reform of the Lords

This week the House of Lords is set to do one of the things it loves most: talking about itself. How wonderful it is; how learned are its members, but how beastly it is that anyone new is ever placed here. We will hear many wise heads opine that the Prime Minister is guilty of a . . . → Read More: Government is playing a dangerous game by resisting democratic reform of the Lords