Nick Clegg says plans to reform the House of Lords will be abandoned after the coalition contract was "broken" by the Conservatives.
David Cameron may be set to abandon proposed reform to the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats will be bitterly disappointed.
ITV News learns that Mr Cameron hadn't squared his watered-down Lords plan with Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.
A Labour Party spokesperson said Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie had been suspended from the party:
– Labour Party spokesperson
Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate have been suspended from the Labour Party pending further investigation.
The Labour Party expects the highest standards of its representatives and believes that they have a duty to be transparent and accountable at all times.
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate tells me he has done nothing wrong in the "cash for access" row, insisting he stuck by parliamentary rules, and if this is deemed wrong, it is the rules that need changing.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening told ITV News that the main political parties "need to look more carefully at lobbying" in the light of allegations made in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and on BBC's Panorama programme.
She stopped short of saying that a statutory register of lobbyists was required but said politicians need to "better manage this whole issue" in a way that "doesn't constrain people from getting their points across in parliament."
Lord Laird has resigned the Ulster Unionist whip pending an inquiry into allegations he broke parliamentary rules, party leader Mike Nesbitt said.
Having reviewed the video footage on the Daily Telegraph website, and other media reporting of Lord Laird's engagement with alleged lobbyists, I telephoned his home this morning and as a result he has relinquished the Party Whip, pending the outcome of the review of his behaviour that he has already requested of the relevant authorities at Westminster.
Lord Laird denies any wrongdoing.
Lord Laird has resigned the Ulster Unionist party whip over allegations that he breached parliamentary rules, party leader Mike Nesbitt said today.
Douglas Alexander MP said he was angered both as a citizen and a politician by the latest allegations of misconduct from The Sunday Times.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on the BBC, he said:
"Any right thinking person reading the newspapers this morning wouldn't just feel sad, they would feel angry."
Lord Mackenzie, one of the peers accused of offering to ask parliamentary questions in return from cash in a sting by The Sunday Times, has denied any wrong-doing.
Speaking on Radio Five Live he said he though he was being asked to be a consultant for the fake company and said he had followed the Parliamentary Code of Conduct. Asked if he had done anything wrong he said:
"Not at all, I'm very clear on the rules."
Ulster Union Lord Laird has denied claims he breached parliamentary rules after The Sunday Times alleged he offered to act as a paid advocate for a fake lobbying firm. He was one of three peers implicated in a sting by the newspaper.
In a statement, he said:
"In recent days I have been the subject of a scam operated by journalists masquerading as communications consultants. This has led to allegations that I have broken the rules of the House of Lords.
"I wish to make it clear that I did not agree to act as a paid advocate in any proceedings of the House nor did I accept payment or other incentive or reward in return for providing parliamentary advice or services.
"Shortly after the meeting, because it was so obviously a scam, we reported it to the appropriate authorities in the Lords.
"I have not broken any rules. However, I have referred the situation to the appropriate authorities and I will be making no further statement until I have received their ruling."
The political lobbying scandal has taken a new twist, with claims that members of the House of Lords have been drawn into the affair.
The allegations have been made in the Sunday Times newspaper, and the three peers involved in the latest allegations have denied any wrongdoing.
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