Nick Clegg’s sweeping plans for elected members to take seats in a reformed House of Lords have been dismissed as a “dog’s dinner” by Labour.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP announced proposals for a cut-down second chamber, with 80 per cent of its 300 members elected by proportional representation.
Labour attacked the plan, in a draft bill, and argued the Lib Dem leader should have stuck to his party’s commitment to a wholly-elected upper House of Parliament.
Mr Clegg was mocked by both Tory and Labour MPs as he gave a statement in the Commons on the proposals.
The Government has published a draft bill setting out plans for an 80 per cent elected upper house but also a White Paper containing a range of options including the election of 100 per cent of its members.