Volume 3. 1960-1969: Reforms Attempted
A Labour government came in, and in 1967 gained the majority needed to embark on bold legislation. But it feared interference, so comprehensive plans were backed for changing the whole complexion of two-chamber politics. Led by Lord Shackleton and the intellectual Richard Crossman, schemes were devised and inter-party talks got under way – at first in a spirit of cooperation. But had the party elites listened to their fiery back-benchers? When a bill was introduced into parliament, the scenes were unforgettable …
This volume tells not just the story, but reveals the intricate thinking of those who wanted to make a bicameral system work in the age of modern party politics.
Chapter 7: 1966. Memorandum by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Privy Seal
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1966. Memorandum by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Privy Seal
As the Lord President, and now also responsible for reform, Richard Crossman delegated his job sensibly. He invited various people to submit schemes that could be of interest to the cabinet. With this in view, he wrote to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Privy Seal to draft a memorandum on the question of Lords reform for the cabinet’s consideration. The memorandum was ready by 23 June 1966.1
Reform of the House of Lords
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