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Why has 'stage two' of House of Lords Reform not been completed after 17 years?

Dorey, Peter ORCID: 2017. Why has 'stage two' of House of Lords Reform not been completed after 17 years? [Online]. Parliaments and Legislatures. Available at:

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House of Lords reform remains unfinished business, and looks likely to remain so for a long time yet. The preamble to the 1911 Parliament Act portentously proclaimed that Lords reform was ‘an ur­gent question which brooks no delay’, yet more than a century later, there have been only sporadic and inchoate reforms. Moreover, these have often been motivated by calculations of partisan advantage, even when depicted as being derived from important political principles. After the 1911 Act, the remainder of the twentieth century witnessed only three further laws pertaining to House of Lords reform: the 1949 Parliament Act, which reduced the Second Chamber’s power of delay (veto) of legislation from two years to one; the 1958 Life Peerages Act, which established a new category of appointed peer to sit alongside the hereditary peers; the 1999 House of Lords Reform Act, which removed most of the hereditary peers, but allowed 92 to remain pending further reform.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Parliaments and Legislatures
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:04

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