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 12: 1967. The Cabinet: Proposed Reform of the Lords
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1967. The Cabinet: Proposed Reform of the Lords
The cabinet was to meet on 7 September 1967 and one of the items of business to be considered at this meeting was the proposed reform of the House of Lords. The prime minister had to have the proposals beforehand. And these were delivered to him on 5 September.
Burke Trend to the Prime Minister1
5 September 1967
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