Tags: House of Lords
Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2017
The National Secular Society has recommended the removal of the Bishops' Bench to a parliamentary inquiry into how to reduce the size of the bloated House of Lords.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017
Baroness Cox has launched a fresh attempt to tackle sharia councils operating in the UK and protect women's rights.
Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2016
The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.
Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2016
A petition to remove Church of England bishops from the House of Lords has gained over 10,000 signatures in the space of a week – meaning it will now receive a response from the government.
Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013
This week saw the conclusion of the House of Lords' debate on the equal marriage bill in its committee stage. All those amendments seeking to wreck the bill were either defeated or withdrawn.
Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Falkner has given a spirited defence of secularism during an otherwise largely deferential debate about the role of religion in public life.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012
An attempt by the Government to reform the House of Lords looks doomed after 91 Conservative MPs defied their party whip this week and voted against plans for a mainly elected second chamber. During the two day debate there was much criticism of the plans to retain the bench of Church of England bishops.
Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012
Church of England Bishops will retain reserved seats in the House of Lords according to proposals published today by the Deputy Prime Minister.
Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012
The suggestion from the House of Lords Reform Committee that representatives from "all major faiths" should be appointed to a reformed second chamber will not create the intended diversity but risks turning the Upper House into a religious battleground.
Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
According to a BBC report, recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lord Reform due to be published in April will include keeping the Bishops' Bench but reducing the number from 26 to 12.
Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012
A Yougov poll for the Sunday Times has revealed that the majority of people in this country do not think Church of England bishops should be entitled to sit in the House of Lords.
Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, this week appeared before the parliamentary committee looking into reform of the House of Lords arguing for the retention of the bishops' bench.
Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2011
In a response to the Government's consultation on its proposals to reform the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York have argued that the bench of bishops should remain and should be joined by senior members of other religions.
Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011
Two peers have condemned a "cruel" and "vicious" campaign against them by the Christian Institute which claimed they wanted to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory for five-year-olds. This includes education about sex and relationships.