House of Lords Reform: Are We Nearly There Yet?
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2009
© The Author 2009. Journal compilation © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2009
The Political Quarterly
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 119–125, January/March 2009
How to Cite
RUSSELL, M. (2009), House of Lords Reform: Are We Nearly There Yet?. The Political Quarterly, 80: 119–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.01968.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2009
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Twelve years after coming to office, Labour has still not achieved the second stage of House of Lords reform that was promised in 1997. In July 2008 a White Paper—the government's fifth on the subject—was published, setting out plans for an 80 or 100 per cent elected upper house. This article reviews its prospects. It concludes that although the government is now apparently more in line with the views of its supporters, there are many other obstacles. Fundamental differences remain both within and between the political parties, and several key principles remain unresolved. Progress is therefore unlikely.