Ping pong with grenades: what happens when the Lords has the upper hand

The Justice and Security Bill is currently going through parliament, but because it started in the Lords the Parliament Acts won’t apply. The Commons has sent back the bill and has undone many of the Lords amendments – this is so-called parliamentary ‘ping pong’ where bills ping back and forth between the Houses until they both agree on the same version. Suddenly, the Lords has a great deal of power to resist the government until the eventual prorogation which is around three parliamentary weeks away. This has been described vividly by campaigners as ‘ping pong with grenades’.

It’s worth keeping up-to-date with this for any followers of parliamentary antics…

EDIT: Well, that was a bit of a disappointing dud. The government offered just enough concessions to split the Crossbench and Lib Dems, winning the vote by just 16 peers.

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