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Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
....In a major switch in the party’s thinking, the manifesto will say a new constitutional convention it is establishing later this year will “consider the option of a more federalised country”. It will also commit Labour to the eventual goal of scrapping the House of Lords and replacing it with an elected senate and extending the power of regional and local government. ...
UK food sector faces enormous challenges post-Brexit, say peers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 11:01:13 PM
. Leaving the European Union without a trade deal in place could put up to 97% of British food and drink exports at risk, according to a House of Lords report that lays bare the agricultural industry’s overwhelming reliance on local markets. ...
Reform property laws to reduce inequality | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 05:59:37 PM
.... People who own the most valuable land would have to pay more than they currently do in council or inheritance taxes. Between 1909 and 1914 the landed gentry, in the form of the House of Lords, effectively sabotaged an attempt to introduce LVT by the then Liberal government’s chancellor, David Lloyd George. ...
Germany wants a strong EU. Why would it allow Britain an easy Brexit? | Charles Grant image
....In Berlin there is some optimism that a larger parliamentary majority will make May an easier negotiating partner to deal with. She will of course be better placed to resist pressure from opposition parties and the House of Lords for a softer Brexit but also to face down the Eurosceptic right of the Tory party who could try to veto any compromise she might do with the EU in order to strike a deal. ...
‘Cruel’ benefit cuts put pressure on grieving families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 05:59:17 AM
.... This means bereaved low-earners in a similar situation to Helen may be able to claim other benefits, such as means-tested ones, that she is not currently entitled to claim. But many have criticised the changes: during a House of Lords debate in February, Labour’s Baroness Sherlock said official documents showed that after an introductory period, the reforms would “take £100m a year from bereaved families and give it to the exchequer”. ...
Credit Suisse embroiled in major global tax evasion investigation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 08:17:57 AM
.... She urged support for an amendment to the criminal finances bill which would force British jurisdictions like Jersey and Guernsey to publicly name the owners of offshore companies by 2020. The House of Lords is due to vote on Hodge’s transparency clause next week. ...
Lords call for the banks to get back to basics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
Viagogo snubs MPs' inquiry into online ticket reselling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 10:57:46 AM
....The Competition and Markets Authority is icurrently investigating whether companies are complying with the legislation. And the House of Lords was on Tuesday evening due to debate plans that include outlawing “bots” - the automated software used by some touts to harvest tickets in bulk. ...
Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:13:08 AM
....44 homes every minute, day and night. A recent report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said energy bills had been pushed up by "poorly designed government interventions in pursuit of decarbonisation". ...
Charlotte Hogg image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 01:51:01 PM
.... . Ms Hogg's paternal grandfather, Quintin Hogg, 2nd Viscount Hailsham and barrister, was leader of the House of Lords when Harold Macmillan was prime minister and later served as lord chancellor. ...
No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations' image
....While not all have a formal free trade agreement (FTA), all the countries at least enjoy bilateral arrangements over access for certain industries, or so-called equivalence agreements, often used to help financial services work within the EU. The prime minister is expected to trigger article 50, the formal starting point for Britain exiting the EU, as early as Tuesday, depending on how quickly MPs can remove amendments to the bill authorising the process imposed last week by the House of Lords. ...
Replacing EU hospitality workers after Brexit 'will take 10 years' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 08:00:29 AM
....”. With its cosmopolitan young workforce, free food, paid breaks – and what the company itself describes as “legendary” staff parties – the question raised in the House of Lords this week was: why don’t Brits want to work at Pret a Manger?. ...
The Guardian view on trust in politics: pledges and conventions matter | Editorial image
.... And while manifestos are not widely read and often disbelieved, the promises they contain have a pseudo-constitutional function. The House of Lords does not, by convention, thwart measures that the government can say are electorally mandated by virtue of their publication in a manifesto. ...
Pret A Manger says one in 50 applicants is British image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:19:31 PM
.... She said it needed to focus on low-skilled as well. Speaking to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Ms Wareham said: "I would say that one in 50 people that apply to our company to work is British. ...
Pret a Manger: just one in 50 job applicants are British, says HR boss image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:36:24 PM
....Just one in 50 applicants for jobs at Pret a Manger is British, its director of human resources told a parliamentary committee. The high street chain employs 110 different nationalities with 65% of its workforce coming from EU countries other than Britain, Andrea Wareham told the House of Lords economic affairs select committee on Wednesday. ...
Bank of England deputy's slip-up was astonishing – but its reaction was predictable | Nils Pratley image
....Astonishing would be better description. At a push, one might say that Hogg comes from such well-connected stock (her grandfather, Lord Hailsham, was lord chancellor and her parents are serving members of the House of Lords) that a sibling at Barclays is easy to overlook. ...
Bank of England deputy governor gets warning over conflict of interest image
.... Both Hogg’s parents had leading roles in Sir John Major’s government and her grandfather, Quintin Hogg, was a prominent Tory who almost won the Conservative party leadership following the resignation of Harold Macmillan. Her parents are both peers in the House of Lords and her grandfather was a senior politician, but Hogg eschewed a political career for a lucrative career in business. ...
Ending free movement from EU is no 'quick fix' for low wages, Lords say image
. Ending free movement from Europe post-Brexit may not deliver a meaningful cut in net migration or provide a “quick fix” for low wages, a House of Lords report has warned. ...
Government defeated on Brexit bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:06:57 PM
. The government has been defeated after the House of Lords said ministers should guarantee EU nationals' right to stay in the UK after Brexit. ...
Murdoch's 21st Century Fox bid for Sky should be rejected, minister told image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:38:50 AM
.... This was raised during the last attempt by the Murdochs to take over the whole of Sky at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011. Separately, Lord Puttnam has introduced an amendment to the digital economy bill, which would subject all media takeovers to the fit and proper test and which is expected to be debated in the House of Lords. ...
Government intervention has led to higher energy bills, claims Lords report image
. Ministers should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report. ...
Government meddling makes energy costlier, peers say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 12:23:42 AM
....Interventions in the energy market by successive governments have pushed up prices, but not secured supplies, peers found. A House of Lords committee said the interventions have led to an opaque, complicated and uncompetitive market. ...
Brexit weekly briefing: article 50 moves closer but EU dashes divorce deal hopes image
.... There’s still time for Stuart to do the right thing. Hopefully, the House of Lords will insist on an amendment on this issue, giving her the chance to execute a graceful U-turn. ...
Ticket resale sites could face legal curbs as part of push to beat touts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 07:01:07 AM
....Websites that let touts resell tickets could be prosecuted unless they have permission from event organisers, under proposals aimed at curbing the secondary ticketing market. Members of the House of Lords have put forward amendments to the digital economy bill that campaigners say would outlaw much of the controversial ticket resale industry, dominated by Viagogo, StubHub, Seatwave and GetMeIn. ...
TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding to step down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 07:40:12 AM
....”. Harding is a member of the House of Lords, a trustee of digital inclusion charity Doteveryone and a non-executive director of the Bank of England. ...
Banks’ duty to provide free ATMs and keep branches open | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:55:37 PM
....It is vital that as part of the current negotiations banks, ATM operators, the Payment Systems Regulator and the Bank of England focus on agreeing a deal that guarantees the long-term viability of a widespread network of free-to-use cash machines and promotes financial inclusion and competition. John McFall House of Lords. ...
Can post-Brexit London survive as Europe's cultural and financial capital? image
.... But, while concerns are manifold, few are predicting a meltdown in London’s financial and business sector. The House of Lords European Committee has identified numerous threats, such as the loss of “passporting rights” or ability to trade in euro-denominated bonds, but is optimistic that London’s European position can be maintained. ...
MPs hear call for five-year transitional Brexit deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 01:35:55 PM
....Mr Flint told the MPs his bank had already started contingency planning for a Brexit deal that left the UK outside the EU single market, with France, Dublin, Amsterdam and Luxembourg as likely destinations for banking operations currently based in London. Last month a report from the House of Lords report warned that any disruption to the UK's financial industry during Brexit negotiations might lead to businesses and services moving to New York. ...
UK housing market: what to expect in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 04:11:22 PM
.... The net additions of housing, which factors in conversions and takes into account demolitions, shows that in the year 2015-16 just under 190,000 homes were added to England’s stock. This is the highest number since the financial crisis, but a House of Lords committee has called for 300,000 new homes per year in England. ...
Labour calls for closer scrutiny of tech firms and their algorithms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 06:12:07 PM
....The government says it is introducing greater protection for consumers and in particular for children online. The digital economy bill, which is awaiting approval from the House of Lords, is designed to ensure that websites that allow children to access pornographic content will be blocked. ...
UK fishing industry 'will need EU market access' post Brexit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 01:06:40 AM
. The UK fishing industry will need continued access to EU markets if it is to thrive after Brexit, a House of Lords report has warned. ...
Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 06:00:25 AM
....This is expected to be former EU Commissioner Michel Barnier, who is in charge of the European Commission's Brexit team. In other Brexit developments, the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee has warned that financial services firms could quit the City of London unless there are transitional arrangements, or a "Brexit bridge" to prevent them moving to New York, Dublin, Frankfurt of Paris. ...
Brexit migration rules could harm City's lead in financial services technology image
. London’s lead in financial services technology risks being blunted by bureaucratic new migration rules, according to business leaders cited by the latest House of Lords report on leaving the European Union. ...
December strikes do not signify new 'winter of discontent' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 06:14:41 PM
....The Trade Union Act, which became law in May, imposes a minimum 50% turnout in strike ballots, with key public sector strikes requiring the backing of at least 40% of those eligible to vote. But ministers were forced to drop plans that would have curbed Labour’s funding by millions of pounds after a defeat in the House of Lords. ...
Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt warns against 'eternal' interim deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:07:07 AM
....Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, said any "transitional arrangement" should have a strict time limit. A House of Lords report has warned of significant tariffs and other barriers to trade unless one is adopted. ...
UK naive to expect easy ride in Brexit trade talks, says Lords report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:01:41 AM
. Britain is naive to expect a “free lunch” in trade negotiations with the EU, according to a scathing House of Lords report that calls for a transition phase to ease the pain. ...
Top women in arts seek explanation for veto of Channel 4 candidate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 10:53:03 AM
....The letter’s other signatories include the former senior BBC executive Jenny Abramsky and Lola Young, the former head of culture at the Greater London Authority. Lady Amos is a former UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and former leader of the House of Lords. ...
Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:00:08 AM
....The former welfare minister says a looming financial crisis could be tackled by making the NI system more progressive and earmarking the entire proceeds to pay for the health service and care for the elderly. “The NHS now has a unique place in the public’s affection,” Field said in a written submission to a House of Lords committee looking into the long-term sustainability of the NHS. ...
Will banning letting agency fees lead to higher rents? We ask the experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of November 2016 06:59:25 AM
....”. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, a communities minister, said during a House of Lords debate on 18 November that Gavin Barwell has “been clear that we must be mindful of the potential impact on rents from banning fees paid by tenants… This is not a straightforward issue, and we have to be careful that any changes do not have impacts elsewhere”. ...
Student loans: fight over 'disgraceful' freeze on income threshold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 02:11:36 AM
....On Monday night Streeting tabled two amendments to the higher education and research bill, firstly to bar the government from making retroactive changes to student finance without it being looked at by an independent panel, and secondly to bring student loans under regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority. Though Tory MPs defeated the amendments in the Commons, Streeting said he hoped Labour peers will take up the amendments in the House of Lords. ...
Mitie withdraws from healthcare as it issues second profit warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 09:37:09 AM
.... It said local authority spending on care for older and disabled people had fallen 11% in real terms in the past five years. McGregor-Smith said she had not thought about resigning the Tory whip in the House of Lords to protest against the lack of funding. ...
MPs can now see off hard Brexit. The ball is in their court | Martin Kettle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 07:04:28 PM
.... The deal they want is extremely unlikely to be a deal that the outright anti-Europeans could accept. It is not surprising that the government has just backed off from its Cameron-era plan to clip the wings of the House of Lords. ...
Trumpism could be a solution to the crisis of neoliberalism image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:17:32 AM
.... That is the meaning of Brexit, Trump’s victory, and any populist victories to come. • Robert Skidelsky is professor emeritus of political economy at Warwick University, a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics,and a member of the House of Lords. ...
Pay talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 12:06:06 AM
....Despite the ruling, this was only the start of Julie's legal battle. Finally in 1988, more than four years after she started her equal value claim, the House of Lords found in Julie's favour. ...
Mark Carney to leave Bank of England in June 2019 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 06:33:09 PM
....Earlier in the day, Mr Carney had an almost two-hour meeting with Mrs May, after which a spokeswoman said the prime minister would be "supportive of him going on beyond his five years" and "absolutely" believed he was "the right man for the job". Mr Carney told a House of Lords committee last week that should he decide to go before 2021, it would be an "entirely personal decision". ...
Mark Carney is 'right man for the job', PM believes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 08:41:14 AM
....Some reports suggest he would like to stay to steer the UK through the challenges of Brexit. But he told a House of Lords committee last week that should he decide to go it would be an "entirely personal decision". ...
Treasury minister Lord O'Neill quits government image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 11:34:31 AM
....". Lord O'Neill said he would now serve as a crossbench peer - not affiliated to any political party - in the House of Lords. ...
Philip Hammond announces Autumn Statement on 23 November image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 03:00:43 PM
....Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November. Mr Hammond announced the date of the Budget when he began giving evidence to a House of Lords committee. ...
Banks say they will 'wait and see' on Brexit moves abroad image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 11:42:57 AM
....The UK's banks say they have not decided whether to move operations outside of the UK after Brexit, a top banker has said. Anthony Browne, chief executive of the British Bankers' Association, told a House of Lords EU committee that banks are pondering moves abroad. ...

If a girl is to the manor born, why can't she inherit it all?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 09:15:00 AM
....Genuine equality would completely dismantle all rank. A society sincere about abolishing “inequality” would also abolish all titles, all honorifics, the House of Lords and the monarchy. ...
Reynolds painting accepted in lieu of £4.7m inheritance tax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 02:03:18 PM
....Howard was a man who liked to enjoy himself, often losing large amounts of money at gaming tables. He was also the reluctant guardian of the young “bad boy” poet Lord Byron, who fell out with him after Howard refused to introduce him in the House of Lords. ...

David Cameron could be hauled in front of MPs to explain 'cronies' honours list
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....He said MPs should look at Mr Cameron's choice of 13 new peers, as soon as parliament returns in September. Mr Jenkin said reform of the House of Lords is "by far the most important issue" arising from the controversy surrounding Mr Cameorn's resignation honours list. ...

The House of Lords is too bloated to work efficiently. Theresa May must make reform a priority
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.... That might be at all levels from that of the school crossing "lollipop" man to the upper ranks of the civil or military services  . Secondly, there is that of the sheer numbers and the suitability of some candidates for life peerages and thereby membership of the House of Lords. ...

Plan to scrap grammar schools ban could be blocked by Lords as Labour and Lib Dems unite in condemnation
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. Theresa May’s plan to overturn the new grammar schools ban could be “killed off” in the House of Lords after the Liberal Democrats and Labour united to condemn the change. ...

No other prime minister will hand out resignation honours after Cameron debacle, says head of sleaze watchdog
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.... . He also appeared to hit out at those who enter the House of Lords but fail to contribute, insisting that a peerage must be a “job” and not an “honour”. ...

Strip prime ministers of the right to give honours to their friends, says ex-mandarin who ran honours system under David Cameron
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....He told the BBC’s World At One on Friday that when Ms Cavendish worked at The Times, the newspaper would have written ‘waspish comments’ about Mr Cameron’s list. Lord Jones, a cross bench peer and former head of the CBI who served in Gordon Brown's Labour Government, said: “But as it is she’s going to walk into the Tory lobby in the House of Lords saying 'Yes Prime Minister'. ...

Shami Chakrabarti handed peerage weeks after suppressing Jeremy Corbyn interview from 'whitewash' anti-Semitism report
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....A spokesman for Mr Corbyn was not told she would be nominated for a peerage before it was published, and was only recommended formally after its publication on June 30. Mr Corbyn was forced to defend the appointment on Friday, saying: “She will make a great contribution to the House of Lords for two reasons. ...

Lord Rix in plea to legalise euthanasia so he can 'slip away peacefully' 
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....Learning disability campaigner Lord Rix has revealed he is suffering from a terminal condition. In an emotive letter to the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D'Souza, the 92-year-old Mencap president has urged Parliament to act "as soon as possible" to make it possible for people in his situation to be assisted to die. ...

Tom Watson says Shami Chakrabarti peerage is a 'mistake' as he reveals he was not consulted on decision
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....”. Commenting on the peerage, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn, said: "Shami Chakrabarti shares Jeremy's ambition for reform of the House of Lords. ...

Theresa May drawn into David Cameron honours row after she accepted £35,000 from Tory donors whose names were taken off list
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....Before this year Mr Spencer was previously nominated for a peerage in 2011 and 2013. His nomination was cleared by 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office but rejected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, which vets peers for the Prime Minister. ...

Honours system is a symbol of ‘very British corruption’, says Steve Hilton
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....It comes after The Telegraph disclosed that the former governor of Cheltenham Ladies College, who helped to raise millions of pounds for the Tories, is set to be awarded a peerage in the resignation honours list. Olivia Bloomfield’s name is one of as many as 40 Tory supporters who are set to join the House of Lords. ...

Former Cheltenham Ladies College governor who helped raise millions for Tories to be made a peer in David Cameron's resignation honours
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....A former governor of Cheltenham Ladies College, who helped to raise millions of pounds for the Tories, is set to be awarded a peerage in David Cameron’s resignation honours list, The Telegraph can disclose. Olivia Bloomfield’s name is one of as many as 40 Tory supporters who are set to join the House of Lords after being nominated by the former Prime Minister. ...

Who is Olivia Bloomfield?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 08:45:00 PM
. Olivia Bloomfield is one of as many as 40 Tory supporters who are set to join the House of Lords after being included on David Cameron’s resignation honours list. ...

David Cameron sports £225 shorts from designer Notting Hill shop while on Corsica holiday
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....The former prime minister's resignation peerage list is expected to contain dozens of names as he risks courting more controversy over his recommendations. Mr Cameron is understood to have recommended 40 supporters and aides for the House of Lords, the largest total for more than 50 years. ...

Conservative party donor Ian Taylor rules himself out for knighthood - but David Cameron's controversial resignation honours list is still set to be the longest for over 50 years 
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....David Cameron’s resignation peerage list is expected to contain dozens of names, making it the longest in living memory as he risks courting more controversy over his honours recommendations. Mr Cameron is understood to have recommended 40 supporters and aides for the House of Lords in his resignation honours list, the largest total for more than 50 years. ...

David Cameron's resignation honours list humiliatingly blocked as committee vetoes peerage for former party treasurer
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....”. The source confirmed Mr Cameron will not be allowed to substitute the name of another individual, which means that the Tories have effectively lost a new member in the House of Lords. ...

Theresa May rejects suggestion from Tory peer that House of Lords could block Brexit 
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. Theresa May has rebuffed the suggestion from a Tory peer that the House of Lords could block an attempt to kick off the process for Britain leaving the EU. ...
No consensus over pension 'triple-lock' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 12:08:51 PM
.... In their 2015 election manifesto, the Conservatives promised to extend the triple lock until 2020. In her maiden speech in the House of Lords in June last year, Lady Altmann said: "With the introduction of the triple lock, the previous government helped to ensure that today's pensioners now receive the highest share of basic state pension relative to earnings in two decades, so that pensioners are protected even in tough times. ...

Labour as far behind Tories under Jeremy Corbyn as when Michael Foot handed Thatcher landslide in 1983
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.... . Mr Foot had gone into that election on a manifesto that included leaving the European Economic Community, abolishing the House of Lords, renationalising British Telecom and scrapping Trident. ...

Thousands of child migrants let down by Britain and left to fall into the hands of people traffickers, warn peers
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.... . Children are being treated with "suspicion" on arrival into Europe and detained in "squalid" conditions, the House of Lords EU committee said. ...

Live Q&A: Will Jeremy Corbyn split the Labour Party in two?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 25th of July 2016 01:35:56 PM
.... . It comes as Angela Smith, Labour's leader in the House of Lords, abandons her support for Jeremy Corbyn because she said he has not been involved in key campaigns yet has claimed credit for them. ...

Jeremy Corbyn loses support of Labour leader in House of Lords
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 25th of July 2016 07:04:08 AM
. Angela Smith, Labour's leader in the House of Lords, has abandoned her support for Jeremy Corbyn because she said he had not been involved in key campaigns yet had claimed credit for them. ...

David Cameron's recommendation of a peerage for Michael Spencer 'holding up resignation honours list'
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....David Cameron’s resignation honours list is understood to have been held up by the former Prime Minister’s recommendation of a peerage for millionaire Tory donor Michael Spencer. In one of Mr Cameron’s final acts as Prime Minister, he recommended Mr Spencer, 61, the millionaire chief executive of spread betting firm Icap, for the House of Lords. ...
Construction becomes first casualty of Brexit as housebuilders get jitters image
....The latest evidence goes to support his main point – that the industry is unable to build the homes that the nation needs, where it needs them and at a reasonable price. The House of Lords economic affairs committee, of which Turnbull is a member, is due to publish a report on the housing sector imminently. ...
HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of June 2016 11:24:49 PM
....The next section, running as far as Crewe, is due to open a year later in 2027, with a further extension to Manchester and Leeds due to be finished by 2033. The project cleared its final Commons stage in March and is now being considered by the House of Lords. ...
Philip Green case shows select committees' power – and weakness | Michael White image
.... But parliament and the courts have kept a wary distance between their respective activities for 300 years, ever since the Act of Settlement (1701) which prevented politicians – they had newly deposed King James II in mind – from sacking judges they didn’t like, Donald Trump style. So when the UK’s supreme court was removed from the body of the House of Lords across Parliament Square to its own building – a Blair-era reform – parliament was careful not to give it the kind of power the US supreme court or Germany’s constitutional court enjoy, to strike down legislation as unconstitutional. ...
We need 'later homes' for older people, not just starter homes for the young image
....Of course we should be building starter homes for first-time buyers. A number of us in the House of Lords were fiercely opposed to the government’s multibillion-pound programme of discounted starter homes for sale being delivered at the expense of affordable homes for rent. ...
Don’t blush if asked to flash at the checkout | Brief letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of June 2016 06:45:16 PM
.... Boots is not the only large company operating in this field, and the government should ensure that customers have a choice of provider wherever possible and that independent pharmacies continue to play a significant role in this key personal service. Jeremy BeechamLabour, House of Lords. ...
200,000 starter homes target too ambitious, say lenders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 03:49:04 PM
....”. The House of Lords recently voted for an amendment to the housing and planning bill, which would have seen the original discount reduced over 20 years. ...

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