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Category - Life in the Lords

The rewriting of Beveridge

While much public and political attention is being directed to the health and social care bill and the legal aid bills currently going through the Lords, an equally determined scrutiny of another far-reaching bill – on...

Lib Dems in the Lords

Say one thing, vote another. That seems to be the instructions to the government’s junior party in the Lords. The localism bill currently before us removes the existing right of social tenants to take a complaint (once...

A Critical Woman

Baroness Wootton of Abinger was the first of the life peers when this breed was created in 1958, heading what became a flow of women into the Lords, though setting a standard to which few of us could aspire. In A...

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New girl in the Lords VII

My first year drew to a close amid scenes of utter chaos in the government’s legislative programme. At first glance, it’s not clear why it should be in this state, given the session is double the normal length. However...

A believer still

Easter 1998.  I was on holiday on Islay off the west coast of Scotland with my husband and children. I got a phone call from Downing St. I was asked if I would accept a Peerage if one was offered. Amazed, flattered...

New girl in the Lords VI

It gets ever more interesting in the Lords – due in large part to discontents on the Lib Dem and Tory benches. The latter are deeply discomforted by the completely unnecessary, and muddled, ‘fixed term...

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