THE House of Lords will not be investigating complaints that Lord Kilclooney breached its code of conduct. Life peer Lord Kilclooney has already defended referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as a "typ[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about House of Lords will not investigate Lord Kilclooney’s `typical Indian’ tweet
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Should MPs reject each of the 15 House of Lords amendments to the Brexit bill today? David Campbell Bannerman, MEP and board member of Leave Means Leave, says YES. The job of the House of Lords is to amend and improve, not to wreck, sabotage, or unconstitutionally reverse the decision of the British people, nor to undermine the government’s entire policy position right in the midst of delicate and difficult negotiations that could us billions if got wrong. On the specific amendments, the European Economic Area model does not suit the UK economy (which is far wider and more complex than Norway’s), and surrenders control of our market and borders. Trying to wrest control of negotiations through a “meaningful vote” is unconstitutional and disgraceful behaviour by this unelected chamber. The customs union vote means we cannot help our poor (who currently pay far higher prices, such as 60 per cent tariffs on Chinese shoes or 104 per cent on sugar), or the poor in … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Should MPs reject each of the 15 House of Lords amendments to the Brexit bill today?
YOUNGSTERS who opt not to go to university are being let down by a post-school education system that is “too heavily skewed” towards degrees, a withering report has found. The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee warned that funding was unbalanced, offered poor value for money to taxpayers and requires immediate reform. Funding for youngsters wanting to take an alternative route after leaving school was “less generous and confusing”, the report said. Peers called for a “better distribution of public funding” across all forms and institutions in higher and further education, and recommended a single regulator for all higher education (Level 4 and above) and a single regulator for other post-school education (Level 3 and below). In its report entitled Treating Students Fairly: The Economics of Post-School Education, the committee concluded: “Our system of post-school education is not a system. It is unbalanced in favour of one route, … [Read more...] about System stacked against young Brits who don’t go to university, House of Lords committee finds
More than 250 people in Burton have called for a referendum on whether to abolish the House of Lords following an outcry by Brexit supporters nationwide. They join almost 3,500 people from across Staffordshire who have signed a petition calling for a referendum on the future of the House of Lords. The petition has now reached more than 100,000 signatures across the country and as a result has been scheduled for debate in the Houses of Parliament on Monday, June 18. A total of 266 people in Burton have put their signatures to it. Ninety-eight of the top 100 constituencies with the highest percentages of people signing the petition are thought to have voted Leave, while 93 of the top 100 with the lowest proportions of people putting their names to it are from Remain constituencies. The House of Lords has defeated the Government on its Brexit bill 15 times, sparking calls for the Lords to be abolished. According to the author of the petition, Robert McBride: "The House of Lords is a place … [Read more...] about Burtonians have signed petition for the House of Lords to be abolished
FORMER Tory peer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has blasted the House of Lords for becoming “too political” saying they were “wrong” to vote against key Brexit legislation. Mr Lloyd Webber accused his ex peers of frustrating the will of the people when he appeared on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show yesterday. He said he felt the Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill were not right and stood in stark contrast to public opinion. He said: “I was a remainer. But I do not think that you can possibly be part of an unelected house and vote against the will of the people, that seems to me to be wrong. “It’s a difficult one, I myself felt that the House of Lords had become really very political. I joined it 20 years ago and I was put in then, and it was a very different place.” The Lords have inflicted 15 defeats on the Government’s landmark Brexit bill, which is set to return to the Commons within weeks. most read in politicsPetty … [Read more...] about Former peer Andrew Lloyd Webber blasts House of Lords as ‘too political’ over Brexit bill-bashing