Lords reform: Hitting the brakes?

Rumours are swirling that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are close to reaching a trade-off over Lords reform. Gary Gibbon, on his blog, says how the Conservatives are seeking a way to avoid the bloodbath that is electing the Lords and the Liberal Democrats are looking for a way to avoid getting crushed at the next election under the new boundaries. Apparently the entire package could be delayed until after the next election in 2015.

Plus the Conservatives would get quite a few bills into the next session that they might not get otherwise – at least 20 days debate in the Commons and who knows how many days in the Lords would be freed up.

This leaves the door open for the Lords to push their own reforms, but the question is whether it’s in the coalition’s interests to let them do their ‘running repairs’ as proposed by Lord Steel and Lady Hayman.

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