What is a rebel? A man who says no…
Yesterday the coalition suffered its greatest rebellion since it came to power when 91 Tory MPs opposed plans to elect 80% of members of the House of Lords.
The Government still won the vote with a majority of 338 but only after scrapping a vote to limit the time for debating the Bill to 10 days.
The key points of the House of Lords reform plans are:
- Reducing the number of members from 826 to 450
- 80% of members to be elected
- The remaining 20% would be appointed by an Appointments Committee on a non-party basis
- Peers would serve a non-renewable 15-year term
- Reducing the number of bishops from 26 to 12
- Members would not have the title “Lord” or “Baroness”
The Tory rebels included David Davis, Nadine Dorries, Zac Goldsmith, Louise Mensch, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
26 Labour MPs joined the rebellion, including Margaret Beckett, David Blunkett and Kate Hoey.