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Monday, September 3, 2012
This was from a statement DPM Nick Clegg gave to the Commons earlier today, confirming the death of his Lords reform agenda.
He said: “Shaping our proposals has been a painstaking process, in which the Government has courted compromise at every turn.
“And, in July of this year, this House voted – overwhelmingly – in favour of the Bill at second reading: 462 in favour to 124 against.
“However, in spite of that, it is now clear that we will not be able to secure the Commons majority needed to pass the programme motion that accompanies the Bill.
“Without that motion, the Bill effectively becomes impossible to deliver because it cannot be kept on track. The Bill’s opponents will be able to block reform by unreasonably dragging out parliamentary debates – a situation I clearly cannot allow.
“Not least with Parliament facing so many other pressing issues, particularly in terms of jobs and growth. So, regrettably, the Coalition will not be able to deliver Lords reform.”