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PM's 'one last try' at Lords reform not squared with Lib Dems

David Cameron's 'watered down' Lords plans won't be the level of reform that Nick Clegg, right, is pushing for. Photo: PA

If you're the President or Prime Minister of any other country you get swept into rooms with security and officials clearing the way.

If you are David Cameron about to address your MPs at the Commons you are made to stand outside the door in the corridor and wait as MPs hear from an obscure Parliamentary official.

Such is the lot of a British Prime Minister.

But perhaps the Prime Minister was happier outside, because behind the door were most of the 91 MPs (and others) who had rebelled against him on the Lords.

So Mr Cameron pitched a new plan to them: A new House of Lords that would have a smaller number of those elected than had been planned.

They will try and get agreement in the next few weeks and this will be "one last try" on reforming the House of Lords.

But ITV News learnt that Mr Cameron hadn't squared this watered-down Lords plan with Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.

They insist the coalition agreement talks of a wholly or partially elected House of Lords (not a smaller elected element, as the PM is suggesting).

They are pleased at least that he is still pushing for House of Lords reform - but it looks like it is not the level of reform they want. And possibly still too much for the 91 Tory MPs.

As for any fights in the corridor last night at the Lords vote in the Commons, the Prime Minister told me he hadn't shouted at Jesse Norman, the Tory rebel leader:

"I didn’t shout at anyone," he told me. "I had a very calm word. I was firm."

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