Archive: House Of Lords

Last week, the 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley has decided to resign. | Copyright: iStock

Britain's democratic farce: This is how the upcoming 'hereditary by-election' will work

The crossbench grouping of the 4th Earl Baldwin is one of several set out in law, meaning that when one hereditary peer retires or dies, a 'by-election' is held for a replacement chosen from within that group.

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  • BHA: Government abandons House of Lords reform

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg announced today that the government will abandon its plans for reform of the House of Lords. The British Humanist Association (BHA) is disappointed at this decision, because we hoped that Lords Reform would provide an opportunity for removing the right of Bishops to reserved seats in Parliament. However... read more.

  • BHA: Defamation Act passed by House of Lords

    The House of Lords have passed the Defamation Act, after a three-year campaign calling for the reform of Britain’s libel laws. On Tuesday last week, peers voted by a majority of 78 to pass the legislation, and the Act gained Royal Assent on Thursday. The new Act will help to protect free speech, as well as end London’s status as the ‘libel capital of the world’. The British Humanist Association (BHA) welcomes this news.

  • BHA: 'Faith' school admissions debated in the House of Lords

    ‘Faith’ school admissions criteria were debated in the House of Lords yesterday, as the Government rejected an amendment that sought to curb expanding discrimination in Academies. The British Humanist Association (BHA) worked with All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) Secretary Baroness Massey of Darwen to table an amendment to stop Voluntary Controlled (VC) ‘faith’ schools that convert to Academies from being able to easily increase the priority of religious criteria in their admissions policies, and briefed peers ahead of the debate.

  • MPs urged by BHA to call for removal of Bishops as part of House of Lords reform

    Ahead of the first full parliamentary debate, MPs have been urged to speak against the Government’s proposals to retain Church of England bishops in a reformed House of Lords, with the British Humanist Association (BHA) calling the proposals ‘unjust, unpopular and unfair’.

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