Cameron has appointed Lord Strathclyde to look into ways of reforming the House of Lords to make it more submissive to elected governments after it voted to delay cuts in tax credits.
Tory peer Andrew Lloyd Webber — whose wealth is estimated at around £650 million — travelled especially from New York last night to support the government in the House of Lords tax credits debate.
Pensions expert turned Tory peer and minister Ros Altmann was the subject of much amusement last week, with the news of her expulsion as a member of both Labour and Lib Dems, which Altmann had joined — she claims — in order to “keep in touch with what each party was doing”.
Having finally quit the Lords, it has emerged that alleged coke and prostitutes fiend Lord Sewel is not only entitled to carry on using his title but apparently to:
The retirement of 82-year old Lord Luke has triggered a by-election for hereditary peers wishing to join 89 other titled noblemen who for reasons passing understanding are still permitted to vote in the upper chamber. The printed prospectus of candidate statements is something to behold.
An Eton-educated hereditary peer and Tory minister raised eyebrows in the House of Lords yesterday, apparently beginning a reference to ‘the lower classes’ or ‘the lower orders’ — before correcting himself to say “the poorest”.
With UKIP topping a national poll for the first time, Scrapbook has heard whispers of informal liaison to the party with respect to handing Nigel Farage his first nominated peers which haven’t defected from the Tories. It has been suggested that the party could be offered two seats in the House of Lords, bringing their tally in the upper […]
Having been offered their first ever newly-minted seat in the House of Lords — a chamber which they want to replace with a democratic alternative — the Green Party faced the challenge of pragmatically accepting the position without looking too … unelected. Party spinners solved this problem earlier by issuing a press release which, errr, doesn’t mention […]
In a move that will undoubtedly stir House of Lords reformers up and down the country, during a debate on amendments to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, the government’s most senior peer, Lord Strathclyde, did his best Manuel impression, conceding: “My Lords, this will not be the first time that the House has […]