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Davis: Brexit will be the biggest change for a generation

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"This is going to be the biggest change for a generation," the minister in charge of exiting the European Union, David Davis, has said, before calling for those who voted on either side to now come together.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, Davis said the credit for leaving the EU goes to his party.

"It will be this government - a Conservative government led by Theresa May - that will lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union and into a brighter and better future."

He also spoke of Margaret Thatcher, comparing Theresa May to the former prime minister. "Aren't we lucky our female leaders are there when we need them," Davis said.

He added that this is a "turning point in our nation's story," while saying "doommongers" who say this will be bad for Britain will be proven wrong.


Ken Clarke: Lib Dems behind timing of House of Lords reforms

A purely Conservative Government would not be pressing ahead with reform of the House of Lords in this parliament, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke admitted today.

The existing House of Lords is a curious historical anomaly.

We are ready for democracy, I think. All three political parties were in favour of House of Lords reform in their last manifestos.

The Liberals probably have determined the timing. I think doing it now in this parliament has happened because the Liberals are anxious to get on with it.

– Ken Clarke speaking on Sky News' Murnaghan programme

Blunkett slams Clegg's 'dogs dinner' Lords reform

Labour former home secretary David Blunkett said:

The implementation of Nick Clegg's proposals to change our centuries-old system of parliamentary governance is ill-thought through and will have wide-ranging repercussions.

An elected senator, having been voted in rather than appointed, would not feel bound by the customs and practice that have applied to an unelected chamber - and will undoubtedly come into conflict with the House of Commons.

Meanwhile, the so-called senators will be highly unaccountable - elected to serve non-renewable 15-year terms and unanswerable to the voters in the normal fashion of an elected chamber.

This dog's dinner of a proposal should be thrown out and, in any case, any proposal for a referendum should take place before legislating on the detail and not afterwards.

Government should 'stick to its guns'

Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said:

We can understand why unelected Lords might have little time for accountability or manifesto commitments. These MPs have no such excuses.

Every one of these wannabe-rebels ran for Parliament on a promise of Lords reform.

Now they seem prepared to sacrifice their own Government's entire legislative programme to bury it.

It sends a strong signal to their constituents that their manifestos weren't worth the paper they were printed on.

The Government is right to stick to its guns. No party went into the last election defending the status quo, and if Lords reform is ever to see the light of day it will require all parties to stay committed.

Miliband 'surprised' at Tory Lords rebellion

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was firmly behind proposals for a fully elected House of Lords.

He said: "A referendum on the issue is a good idea, and we have said this previously in our manifesto.

"But I don't quite understand why the Government is setting its face against giving the people a say.

Ed Miliband Credit: Reuters

"We have made our position in wanting a referendum for a 100% elected House of Lords very clear.

"Am I surprised at the way some Tories have threatened a rebellion against the issue? Look, that's a matter for them and I will leave the Tories' problems to themselves.

"There are lots of more important issues facing our country right now such as health, education and jobs."

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