Clegg: Lords reform abandoned

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he hoped plans for House of Lords reform would be revived in the next parliament as he formally confirmed the Government had abandoned its proposals for a mainly-elected second chamber.

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Nick Clegg hopes parliament has 'inched' towards Lords reform

As Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg formally announced the government's withdrawal of the Lords reform Bill, he said he hoped the process had "inched us forward" towards such a measure in the future.

He told MPs with a smile, "I would like to make a statement on House of Lords reform ... or what's left of it."

I can confirm that the government has today withdrawn that Bill, about which I am not as happy as members behind me are.

Regrettably the coalition will not be able to deliver Lords reform during this parliament.

My hope is that we will return to this in the next parliament, emboldened by the historic second reading vote.

For now, the immediate decision for the Government is how we fill the gap in the legislative timetable and we will bring forward measures to promote growth."

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg confirms Lords reform abandoned

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed today that the government has abandoned its proposal for House of Lords reform.

Nick Clegg still hopes to see House of Lords reform in the future Credit: PA Wire

Speaking in parliament, Mr Clegg said he still hopes that plans for a mainly-elected second chamber would be revived in the next parliament as he formally confirmed to MPs that the Bill had been withdrawn.

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