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Friday 3rd August 2012 | 10:40
Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on reports that attempts to reform the House of Lords will be abandoned, said:
"We warned Nick Clegg that the real roadblock to reforming the Lords was the Tory Party - something we learned the hard way from our 13 years in Government. Given today’s reports, it’s a pity that Nick Clegg simply dismissed our warnings and instead chose to lecture Labour. Only now is it dawning on Nick Clegg that it is his coalition partner that is tooth-and-nail opposed to reforming and modernising our second chamber.
"Nick Clegg marched his MPs through the voting lobbies in support of the harsh and unfair policies of this Tory-led Government in anticipation of receiving Lords reform in return. But now Nick Clegg may end up with nothing, ruthlessly exposing his naivety. Millions of people struggling through the tough economic times will question his political priorities.
"Labour has always been committed to reform of the Lords. Our track record over thirteen years is simply unmatched. Our manifesto argued for 100 per cent elected with the proposals put to the people in a referendum. That's why we did the principled thing of voting in favour at second reading, despite the view that in the current economic climate reform of the Lords wouldn’t be our priority”.