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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.

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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"