by Steve Beasant on September 22, 2012
Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference today passed Reform of the House of Lords, a policy motion reaffirming the Party’s commitment to campaigning for an elected second chamber.
“We hear frequent complaints that the Liberal Democrats have too much influence in the Coalition. However, the blocking of Lords reform – to which all three parties were committed and which had a record number of MPs voted in favour of – reveals a different reality.
“Liberal Democrats remain committed to campaigning for reform but until that happens the House of Lords will get much bigger, more expensive and will remain out of touch with the public.
“What would convert a serious disappointment into an outrageous scandal would be for any of those who voted against the Bill to become Peers. Party leaders must give a firm undertaking that none of these MPs will be nominated to the Lords, otherwise it will be rightly suspected that their vote was motivated by personal interest, betraying their manifesto promise to the electorate.”