Tory Lords rebels meet
The Conservative MPs who rebelled against the Government’s bill to reform the House of Lords met this afternoon, according to the Spectator.
The meeting was reportedly focussed around working out how “to ensure that the Bill is dead”.
The news comes as other reports suggest Nick Clegg is ready to accept a compromise deal over Lords reform in a last-ditch attempt to win around the 91 Tory rebels by the autumn.
The Deputy Prime Minister is willing to consider proposals to restrict the number of elected peers, as part of a first stage of reform.
PoliticsHome understands Mr Clegg is keen to get the Bill restarted once the House returns in September, rather than wait until after the party conferences.
Last night Mr Cameron told a meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers he would have "one last try" at reaching an agreement, before "drawing a line" under the issue. Writing for PoliticsHome today
, Labour MP George Howarth says the House of Lords should be abolished to help create a "truly democratic and accountable" political system.
Conservative MP Louise Mensch told the Today programme she did not believe a compromise on the proportion of elected members would appease Tory rebels, saying: "the single thing that would help a lot of people to be able to vote for this would be to have a referendum".
She added the Prime Minister was "absolutely committed" to Lords reform.