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Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:48

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 All those amendments seeking to wreck the bill were either defeated or withdrawn.

Secularism defended during Lords debate on religion

Secularism defended during Lords debate on religion

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:25

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.

Bishops come under fire but Lords Reform now looks a distant prospect

Bishops come under fire but Lords Reform now looks a distant prospect

Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:17

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.

Lords Reform Bill fails to remove religious privilege

Lords Reform Bill fails to remove religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:10

Church of England Bishops will retain reserved seats in the House of Lords according to proposals published today by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Increased religious representation in the House of Lords would be a disaster

Increased religious representation in the House of Lords would be a disaster

Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:20

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.

Lords Reform Committee to recommend retention of the bishops' bench

Lords Reform Committee to recommend retention of the bishops' bench

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:40

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.

Majority of Britons want bishops out of the House of Lords

Majority of Britons want bishops out of the House of Lords

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:45

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.

Archbishop pleads for the retention of the bishops’ bench in Lords

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:21

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.

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas and archbishops don’t vote for an elected second chamber

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:01

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.

Peers attack Christian Institute for lies about sex education proposals

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:46

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.