Lords Reform

Lords Reform

Independent peer to be Lords Speaker

INDEPENDENT peer Baroness D'Souza has been elected for a five-year term as Lord Speaker.

£30k golden goodbye plan for Lords

PEERS sitting in the House of Lords should be offered a £30,000 tax-free lump sum to encourage them to retire, says PEERS sitting in the House of Lords should be offered a £30,000 tax-free lump sum to encourage them to retire, says Lord Steel of Aikwood.of Aikwood.

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Lords' leader backs reform

THE Leader of the House of Lords yesterday insisted he was fully behind coalition plans to reform the upper chamber.

Background: Seat of wealth and power

THE House of Lords has been in existence for about 700 years, since the old English Parliament adopted a bi-cameral system under Edward III.

Analysis: Not bad for a first stab, but coalition faces the same problems as its predecessors

The UK government's new draft bill on Lords reform is rather like the fifth qualifying round at an athletics tournament where the winner goes on to another tournament that really matters.

House of Lords: New-look chamber would feature 15-year terms

The government white paper on reforming the House of Lords sets out a number of preferred options, but has left most of the details open to discussion.

Elections to the Lords in four years but reform is savaged

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has set out plans for the first elections to the House of Lords to take place in 2015, but was given a clear message by government backbenchers that his flagship reform of the Upper Chamber will meet serious opposition.

Jack McConnell among 56 figures elevated to House of Lords

FORMER First Minister Jack McConnell was among 50 senior figures in British politics to be elevated to the House of Lords today.

Ashcroft's Lords oath suggests an end to 'non-dom' days

TORY donor Lord Ashcroft took the oath in the House of Lords yesterday signalling that he will end his controversial "non-dom" tax status.

Peers in place for just 15 years under Lords reform plan

MEMBERS of the House of Lords could serve single terms of up to 15 years under plans to make it an elected chamber.

Ex-cons Watson and Archer escape Lords ban on jailbird peers

PROPOSALS to clean up the House of Lords after a series of sleaze scandals have been proposed by the government.

Foulkes calls for overhaul that would see him lose two jobs

LABOUR peer George Foulkes has called for both the House of Lords and the list system to elect MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to be scrapped – a move which would lose him two jobs.

Brown dragged into peer sleaze row, as SNP accuses him of failure over reforms

GORDON Brown yesterday faced accusations that Labour's failure to reform the House of Lords had created a situation where "double standards" existed among peers on outside financial interests.

Peer facing sleaze allegation claimed £170,000 expenses

THE Scottish peer embroiled in allegations of sleaze has claimed more than £500 a day in expenses since he joined the House of Lords, The Scotsman can reveal.

Still lording it – but how long can it last?

IT IS often described as the best club in the world, with life membership, free car parking, subsidised dining rooms and a generous daily allowance. Not to mention some of the finest tea and toasted tea-cakes in London, of course.

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Blair facing backlash after 'dismal' Lords reform fudge, 21 January 2000

Reform of Lords 'on ice' as Straw links plans to election

THE Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, was yesterday accused of putting reform of the House of Lords "on ice" after saying it would form part of Labour's manifesto for the next general election.

String of all the talents may defuse Other Place rebellions

A STRING of unelected "experts" have been appointed to key government posts by the new Prime Minister, in a move that could thwart rebellions against the government in the Lords.

Constitutional affairs are in a mess - and swift action is needed

IF IT had not been obscured by the trauma of the aftermath of the Iraq war, the principal legacy of ten years of Labour government would have been that of revolutionary constitutional reform.

Lords defy MPs' vote for reform of upper chamber

PEERS put themselves on a collision course with MPs yesterday when they overwhelmingly rejected all attempts to move towards an elected House of Lords.

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