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Cameron Pledges Another Try on House of Lords Bill After Setback

July 11, 2012

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron told his Conservative Party’s lawmakers that he would make one more attempt in the coming weeks to push his bill introducing elections to the House of Lords after a Tory mutiny yesterday.

At a private meeting for Conservatives in Parliament, Cameron addressed the rebellion, which saw almost a third of them voting against his government’s plans. A lawmaker who was present today in London and declined to be identified described the event to journalists afterward.

Cameron had to drop a move to speed the legislation through Parliament last night in the face of opposition from his own side. His coalition allies, the Liberal Democrats, have threatened to block other parts of his program if his lawmakers continue to oppose the Lords plan.

The prime minister is likely to offer the Liberal Democrats a compromise, with elections for some members of the Lords in 2015, members of the hereditary nobility removed, and any further moves postponed until after the election, according to a person familiar with his plans. Cameron told the meeting he hoped to achieve a small elected element to the chamber.

George Young, the minister in charge of Parliamentary business, will set out some detail of the timetable for the legislation tomorrow morning.

To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net; Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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