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Thursday 15 December 2011
Peers today dropped a challenge to the lifting of a ban on gays and lesbians holding civil partnership ceremonies in churches.
Monday 05 December 2011
The Government is being pressured to reconsider a plan to charge single parents fees to obtain child maintenance payments from ex-partners.
Saturday 03 December 2011
A Political Life
Thursday 24 November 2011
The Government has reversed plans to scrap the Youth Justice Board as part of its much-publicised "bonfire of the quangos". In a second U-turn in as many days, the Department of Justice said that the board – which oversees the detention and rehabilitation of young offenders – would be reprieved.
Saturday 29 October 2011
The foundations of formality are shifting.
Thursday 01 September 2011
Twenty-five years after the first national campaign against Aids warned "Don't die of ignorance," a Lords committee has called for a new drive to curb the spread of the disease.
Wednesday 31 August 2011
Pro-choice campaigners are fearful about a step-by-step attempt to tighten up service provision
Wednesday 22 June 2011
There may be new readers unfamiliar with the remark of that toriest of Tories, Lord Salisbury, so here it is again: "What do we need change for," he said. "Aren't things bad enough as they are?"
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Nick Clegg's plans to create an elected House of Lords suffered a big setback last night when Labour vowed to oppose the shake-up and peers from all parties lined up to attack it.
Monday 20 June 2011
Monday 06 June 2011
Nearly 140 members of the House of Lords have not spoken or asked a question in Parliament for at least a year. The presence of dozens of silent peers, who are all entitled to the privileges of membership, is one of the arguments used to counter those who say the House of Lords works well and does not need reform.
Sunday 05 June 2011
Ministers will be put under unprecedented pressure this week to outlaw forms of physical restraint currently used against young offenders, when the Chief Inspector of Prisons will insist painful control techniques should never be used again.
Wednesday 01 June 2011
It is a measure both of Michael Onslow's courage and tireless sense of duty that within weeks of his death from cancer he was still active in the Lords; his last speech was made only three weeks before he died. Paradoxically, although he served it well, he thought the House of Lords was well past its sell-by date.
Monday 23 May 2011
A Tory peer accused of expenses fraud said today he believed he was entitled to the money because most other members of the House of Lords claimed the full amount available.
Thursday 19 May 2011
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
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- 2 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 3 Alton Towers Air breaks down: 80 people stuck on broken down Monorail during heatwave
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Prince to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity