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The price for Lords reform

Lib Dem ministers are privately telling Conservatives that they deserve Lords reform in return for boundary changes in the Commons, which would see the third party lose up to ten seats. Initially, Nick Clegg accepted the plans in exchange for a referendum on electoral reform. But the “no” vote last year means the Lib Dems still feel short-changed. Now, they are threatening to vote against the boundary changes unless David Cameron whips Tory MPs into agreeing to his plans for an elected second chamber.

Clegg is staking much on ensuring Lords reform features in the…

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