PM: One last try on Lords reform

David Cameron has told Conservative MPs there will be "one more try" on Lords reform. Ed Miliband had earlier accused him of losing control of his party after a large number of Tories rebelled on a vote on the issue.

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Lords safe for the summer

The judicial Law Lords in the House of Lords Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Government will attempt to "build consensus" on the best way forward for Lords reform, House of Commons Leader Sir George Young has told MPs.

But he failed to give a date for the House of Lords Reform Bill's return to the Commons following the Government's decision to abandon its proposed timetable in the face of a huge Tory rebellion.

The legislation was not included in the Commons business announced for the first week back after the summer recess in September.

House of Lords reform: What next?

The next steps for legislation to reform the House of Lords are expected to be announced today in the wake of the Government's dramatic climbdown over its timetabling.

Leader of the Commons Sir George Young is due to update MPs on the future of the House of Lords Reform Bill, which is facing severe difficulties after 91 Conservative MPs opposed it this week.

The House of Lords at State Opening of Parliament Credit: Reuters

Ministers have promised a new timetable motion before the House of Lords Reform Bill enters the committee stage in the autumn. Tory sources said last night that Sir George would update MPs at business questions in the Commons today.


Supporters of reform are expected to speak to rebels individually over the coming weeks, though a government source acknowledged that some of them would prove "unbudgeable"

Farron: 'No new plan' on Lords reform

"As far as I'm aware, there is no new plan," says Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron.

The Prime Minister is "entitled to pitch to his own backbenchers that they should change their mind and keep to the agreement" on Lords reform, he told ITV News.

Mr Cameron told his MPs there would be a 'small' elected element under new House of Lords proposals.

"If he wants to describe that as small, he's a good spin doctor," Mr Farron said.


Lib Dem president: 'Very silly for anyone to go off in a hissy-fit over Lords reform'

Tim Farron, centre, pictured between Vince Cable and Nick Clegg. Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has told BBC News that there are "more important things than Lords reform."

"It'd be very silly for anyone to go off in a hissy-fit over Lords reform," he said, adding that "I would not have voted for elected police commissioners" if it wasn't for the coaltion agreement.

Asked if the coalition government would last to 2015, Farron replied: "It must."

PM to offer Clegg 'watered down' Lords deal

Liberal Democrats say they have previously compromised on issues such as tuition fees and so Lords reform must go ahead. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister is planning to offer Nick Clegg a new Lords reform deal which would be a "major watering down of Clegg's reform plans," according to a report in the Guardian.

The proposal would result in the cutting of 92 hereditary peers along with a similar figure of new Lords elections in 2015.

David Cameron will also tell the Liberal Democrats that no further reforms will be introduced until after the next general election, the report says.

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