While these stories are a couple of months old, they are invaluable ‘idiot’s guides’ for students studying Parliament in Unit 2. The second of these two stories is particularly important – Cameron is often accused of stacking the Lords in his favour by appointing more and more Conservative peers. This article suggests that the Conservatives do not have a majority in the Lords however and that this could cause a legislative log-jam. Remember that for a bill to become law, it actually has to pass both houses, despite the media focus on the House of Commons.
This is particularly notable given that the Lords did defeat the government last night on the amount of free childcare that would be on offer to 3 and 4 year olds by 222 to 209, good evidence of the growing willingness of the Lords to challenge the government.