Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has said:
"I support an elected House of Lords because I believe those that make the laws of the land should be elected by those who have to obey the laws of the land. That's democracy.
"I knew that creating a democratic lords would not be straightforward. This cause has long been blocked by an establishment resistant to change and by the vested interests who benefit from maintaining the power of political patronage."
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.