Why the House of Lords is becoming more significant

The House of Lords and it's political significance

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- Used to be considered less significant in the British political system.

- It did contain a large majority of hereditary peers.

- Undemocratic nature meant that the Lords simply could not be allowed to wield any great influence.

- Large government majorities in the Commons became normal. Governments enjoyed majorities of over 100 following the elections of 1983- OPPOSITION IN THE COMMONS WEAK- members of the HOL felt that it was their duty to improve parliamentary opposition to make up for Commons weakness.

- An increasing numbers of the HOL began adopting their roles much more seriously e.g. attending regularly- result of party leadership selecting professional politicians for the Lords to an extent.

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- Reform of removing all but 92 hereditary peers- LORDS AS A CONSEQUENCE OBTAINED GREATER AUTHORITY.

- Lords undemocratic but because of the reform- seen as more politically and socially representative of the country.

- Incorporation of THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHT into British Law- Has increased the rights culture by allowing individuals to assert their rights against government which have been accused e.g. of being too dictatorial.


- House of Lords reform- rejected the complete abolition of hereditary peers

- The legal age of consent for homosexual males- voted twice against this

- Anti- terrorism legislation- Lords defeated the government on this issue- obtained amendments on key issues.

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