Liberal Democrat News 13th July 2012
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Lords reform: a huge step forward - Clegg
Lords reform came a step closer after MPs voted overwhelming in favour in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. Conservative votes against, however, plus the blatant double standards by the Labour opposition, meant that a timetabling motion will now be postponed until the autumn.
In an interview on the BBC's Today Programme, Nick Clegg showed his strong commitment to see that Lords reform makes the Statute Book.
"Clearly reform never comes quickly, it's never easy, but I'm determined and patient so that this will eventually happen" he said. "In the meantime myself and the rest of the government will concentrate on the all important task of rescuing, repairing and reforming the British economy.
"I just don't think that we were ever going deliver House of Lords reform in one leap, otherwise it would have been done over the last hundred years during the time in which it's been debated endlessly. So we're never going
to do this in one leap. It was going to always happen in stages. You've got to be determined, you've got to be patient so that it eventually happens. I think a House of Lords fit for the 21st Century quite obviously needs to have democracy right at its heart.
"A deal's a deal and it's important you stick to that deal and you stick to the contract that you have entered into," insisted the Deputy Prime Minister. "That's why I think it is important, not least because so far both parties have stuck to that deal very effectively, that we continue to do so - and that's why it is important that we deliver House of Lords reform, because it's a clear commitment in the Coalition Agreement."