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I was out of pocket, claims Lord Hanningfield

A Tory peer accused of fiddling his House of Lords expenses said he was "out of pocket" for taking on the peerage and had tried to balance out his expenditure using his expenses claims, a court heard.

Lord Hanningfield 'on plane at time of expenses claim'

A Tory peer accused of fiddling his House of Lords expenses was on a plane to India when he claimed for overnight accommodation in London, a court heard today.

Now Cameron turns attack on Lib Dem plans for elected House of Lords

Nick Clegg's hopes of resurrecting his constitutional reform agenda in the wake of yesterday's disastrous AV defeat will be scuppered by his Conservative coalition partners.

Cameron creates 117 new peers at a cost of £18m

David Cameron has broken his manifesto promise to cut the cost of politics by creating an unprecedented number of peerages, Labour claimed last night.

Last past the post: Cameron told to stop flood of new peers

The House of Lords has been over-run by an "avalanche of not-so-distinguished peers" which has turned the chamber into a "very unpleasant place" to be, the leader of Britain's independent peers has warned.

Andy McSmith: This insidious practice has been going on for years

The best argument for having an unelected House of Lords is that it can draw into public life the talented and the highly qualified who would be unlikely to go through the grind of standing for election.

Rise in number of peers 'has damaged Lords'

David Cameron has created so many new peers since becoming prime minister that the effectiveness of the House of Lords has been damaged, a cross-party group of senior parliamentarians warned today.

BBC 'needs complaints ombudsman'

The BBC needs an independent ombudsman to deal with complaints against it, the corporation's former chairman Lord Grade said today.

Soldiers with chaotic pasts 'prone to abuse'

Many members of the Armed Forces have "chaotic backgrounds" and lack morals when they join up, the former Army chief Lord Dannatt has said.

Leading article: Britain's chance for a fairer voting system

First-past-the-post has created a malign empire of safe seats that are unlikely to change hands

Labour peers could lose their holidays if they block AV Bill

Peers are being warned they could be forced to sit through the night – and have their half-term break delayed – if they continue to thwart moves to hold a referendum on electoral reform.

Lords deadlock over vote reform is broken

A 15-day stand-off in the House of Lords over the Government's constitutional reform plans appeared to be at an end last night after the Coalition announced a "package of concessions" to break the deadlock.

Threat of scuppered voting reform referendum eased

The threat of a voting reform referendum on May 5 being scuppered by political deadlock in the House of Lords was eased today after Tory and Labour peers struck a deal.

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