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.
Inter-Party Conference, 2 April 1968
The tenth meeting between party representatives took place in Committee Room ‘C’ in the House of Lords on Tuesday 2 April 1969, at 4 p.m.34 Here is a record of the meeting attached by the secretaries, L. Errington, D.E.R. Faulkner and M.A.J. Wheeler-Booth:
Lord Gardiner, Lord Chancellor
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