The Tories have threatened to suspend the House of Lords

The Conservative government may not be able to get its tax credit change into law

The House of Lords looks likely to reject the chancellor’s tax credit cuts, which could provoke desperate action from the government.

Peers appear likely to vote to block the controversial cuts using a “fatal motion” – a procedure which allows the House of Lords to annul decisions made in the House of Commons if a majority of peers agree.

“I feel it is important to make a stand,” Baroness Meacher, who is putting forward the motion, said.

She added: “The prime minister said in his party conference speech that his government would support the vulnerable — these cuts are in absolute contradiction to that.”

She said there was a lot of support in the House for the rarely-used motion.

The government is reported to be furious and sources told the Huffington Post it may suspend the House of Lords or flood the chamber with Tory peers to ensure the cuts are passed.



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Readers' comments (3)

  • Absolutely Fabulous. The house of Lords are proving their worth to democracy. the Tax Credit Cuts as they stand are fatally flawed and were always likely to prove an embarrassment to Herr Osborne. I think the mother on 'question time' thursday summed it up for me when she almost broke down in tears on screen, and is obviously no welfare scrounger, as the Tory right and Daily Mail would have us believe all claimants are of course. If they want to make such radical change, then at least have the heart to spread it over a few years and meantime show your promises to make up the difference with wages holds true (as few believe it does). And if Cameron Osborne & Co Ltd play dirty tricks in the house to get this through they'll only be thought the villains of the piece, and endanger their slim majority for future votes.

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  • @Derek Small.
    and when did unelected peers, clergy etc. have anything, absolutely anything to do with democracy? The answer is they don't.

    The house of commons is the elected democratic house, and whether you like or dislike their law making they are the only democratic representatives of the people.

    An elected second house is desperately required.

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  • Brian M, I'm afraid I cannot agree that an elected second house would be any better than the first, for that to be true the current electoral system would need to be fairer than it is. In a true democracy the party of government should have received a majority of the electorates votes, which the Tories did not. They also gained power on the back of promises to the people which included 'not cutting tax credits' did they not? (regardless of so called other measures to compensate) The apolitical second house of peers and clergy at least has a social conscience and an agenda that is not purely and simply based upon the rich getting richer! I am a businessman and work to 'pay my bills' and taxes (unlike Facebook!), but i also believe in helping those less fortunate than myself. If the House of Lords believes in that too, they are to be applauded.

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