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      January 25, 2016

      Tory grandee Cecil Parkinson dies aged 84

      Former Conservative cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after a long battle with cancer. The Tory grandee...

    2. January 20, 2016

      Tories suffer Lords defeat on changes to party funding rules

      A House of Lords committee will be set up to consider changes to party funding after Labour and the Liberal Democrats...

    3. January 17, 2016

      House of Lords set for showdown over UK union reforms

      Labour and the Liberal Democrats are planning a pincer movement in the House of Lords this week to thwart an attempt by...

    4. January 6, 2016

      Lords will try to rescind cuts in solar grants

      David Cameron’s cuts to solar subsidies are in jeopardy as his former coalition partners try to use their substantial...

    5. December 30, 2015

      ‘Authoritarian’ claims levelled at UK PM David Cameron

      David Cameron has been accused of “authoritarian” tendencies by Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service,...

    6. December 30, 2015

      Former civil service chief warns of Tory plans to silence critics

      David Cameron’s government has been accused by the former head of the civil service of taking “an authoritarian...

    7. December 19, 2015

      Lord Janner dies

      Lord Janner, the former Labour peer who was deemed too ill to stand trial over a series of alleged child sexual abuse...

    8. December 17, 2015

      David Cameron weighs options to curb House of Lords

      David Cameron is set to assert his authority over an increasingly rebellious House of Lords, saying he will consider...

    9. December 17, 2015

      Peers call for UK trial of GM insects to fight pests and disease

      Britain should carry out a field trial of genetically modified insects, which could be a weapon against some infectious...

    10. December 15, 2015

      Lords reject tougher rule for top bankers

      The government narrowly saw off another House of Lords rebellion on Tuesday after peers voted to approve a new regime...

    11. December 9, 2015

      Labour peers try to resurrect lower age limit for EU vote

      Labour peers are set to further stoke the battle over the role of the House of Lords by resurrecting an attempt to...

    12. December 9, 2015

      Lords to resurrect EU vote for 16-17-year-olds

      Labour peers are set to further stoke the ongoing battle over the role of Westminster’s second chamber, by resurrecting...

    13. December 8, 2015

      How to compose a fairer and more responsive House of Lords

      The first Conservative prime minister not to enjoy a natural majority in the upper chamber has awoken to the need to do...

    14. December 7, 2015

      Cameron is pursuing the wrong Lords reforms

      David Cameron has never shown much enthusiasm for constitutional reform at Westminster. His party’s 2015 election...

    15. December 7, 2015

      Peers hit back at Cameron over plans to bypass House of Lords

      David Cameron’s efforts to neuter the House of Lords looked to be getting into gear as Conservative MPs prepared to use...

    16. December 6, 2015

      David Cameron moves to bypass House of Lords

      David Cameron has been secretly drawing up a plan to bypass an increasingly hostile anti-Tory majority in the House of...

    17. December 4, 2015

      Who wants to be an Isa millionaire?

      John Lee, or Lord Lee of Trafford, to give him his full moniker, is truly a man of old-fashioned tastes. Ensconced in a...

    18. November 27, 2015

      Cull the grey vote — it is an affront to democracy

      It was “like addressing sheeted tombstones by moonlight”, said Florence Nightingale’s friend Sidney Herbert, after...

    19. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: George Osborne backtracks on tax credits

      George Osborne has backed away from controversial cuts to tax credits as he sought to soften the blow from the deepest...

    20. November 18, 2015

      Cameron defeated as Lords vote to extend age limit in EU poll

      David Cameron was on Wednesday night defeated in the House of Lords as peers voted 293 to 211 to extend the lower age...

    21. November 13, 2015

      Osborne eyes housing benefit cuts in search of £2bn savings

      George Osborne is trying to find about £2bn in alternative benefits savings as he attempts to lessen the impact of his...

    22. November 12, 2015

      Cuts to tax credits are both a crime and a blunder

      Often, little decisions are more revealing than big ones. The UK government’s overall fiscal objectives are significant...

    23. October 29, 2015

      How to bring meddlesome Lords to heel

      The UK’s House of Lords provoked a crisis this week when members of the nobility broke with constitutional convention...

    24. October 28, 2015

      Lords review to report by December

      The peer charged with reviewing the role of the House of Lords after it blocked George Osborne’s cuts to tax credits...

    25. October 28, 2015

      Corbyn presses PM on tax credit cuts

      David Cameron declined to say whether anyone would be worse off as a result of tax credit cuts, after Jeremy Corbyn...

    26. October 27, 2015

      Commons Tories clamour to curb uppity Lords

      In the 2015 Conservative election manifesto, David Cameron’s party said that reform of the House of Lords was “not a...

    27. October 27, 2015

      Lords defeat triggers look at budget surplus target

      George Osborne could relax his target for a £10bn budget surplus by 2020 to help “lessen the impact” of cuts to tax...

    28. October 27, 2015

      George Osborne needs to learn from his tax credit defeat

      Five months after their decisive election victory, the Conservatives ought to be basking in the glow of success. The...

    29. October 27, 2015

      Tax credit cuts: Osborne promises to lessen impact of reforms

      George Osborne has told MPs he will lessen the impact of his planned cuts to tax credits, as he defended his record...

    30. October 27, 2015

      Stealth would have spared George Osborne a bruising Lords defeat

      Tax credits have become the most divisive issue in British politics, splitting government from opposition, both leading...

    31. October 27, 2015

      Free Lunch: Tax credit conundrum

      Fools rush in The UK government’s showdown with the House of Lords over the plan to cut tax credits — which the...

    32. October 27, 2015

      Britain’s House of Lords becomes a force to be reckoned with

      On Monday the House of Lords amended George Osborne’s tax credit proposals by requiring the UK’s Conservative...

    33. October 27, 2015

      Commons leader warns of changes to Lords after tax credits defeat

      The Conservative leader of the House of Commons has warned “there will have to be change” in the House of Lords after...

    34. October 27, 2015

      Tax credit cuts: Who will be affected?

      On Monday Labour and Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords could trigger a constitutional clash by supporting...

    35. October 26, 2015

      George Osborne’s tanks on Labour’s lawn blow up

      At his Summer Budget in July, two months on from the Conservative election victory he helped plot, George Osborne set...

    36. October 26, 2015

      Osborne to rethink tax credits after Lords defeat

      George Osborne said he would rethink his cuts to tax credits after the House of Lords on Monday handed the chancellor a...

    37. October 26, 2015

      Lords clash over George Osborne’s £4bn tax credit cuts

      Peers clashed on Monday over whether the unelected House of Lords had the right to block George Osborne’s cut to tax...

    38. October 26, 2015

      House of Lords more willing to challenge government

      Despite an average age of 70 and a preference for starting work in the afternoon, over the past 16 years members of the...

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