The comments by Lord Lee in today’s FT are quite extraordinary. The Lib Dem peer opposes the coalition’s plan to reform the House of Lords to such an extent that he has threatened to quit his role as a Lords whip if it pushes ahead. He said:
There is absolutely no public demand for this at all, and pretty much zero support from serious political commentators.
He added that the coalition faced a “long, bitter and bloody battle” if it pressed ahead.
Lord Lee is not alone: we have now learned that 14 Lib Dem peers wrote a letter last year to the party leader outlining their opposition to his plans for an 80 per cent elected chamber.
In the letter, the 14 said: