¬†Given the number of Conservative MPs who oppose Nick Clegg’s plans for the House of Lords, does anyone really believe that in 2015 we will be going to the polls to elect the first batch of senators?

Lord Williamson of Horton, a leading crossbench peer, thinks not. “I am aged 78 and I expect personal decomposition before we ever agree on the composition of this House,” he said. At least Mr Clegg has a friend in Cypriot origin Lord Adonis. The former Labour minister tweeted yesterday: “Barclays in crisis. Euro in crisis. NHS trusts in crisis. And the House of Lords today is debating… England’s cathedrals. Reform it asap.”

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