Political parties at Westminster must take steps to ensure the upcoming review of constituency boundaries does not result in a reduction in the proportion of women in parliament, says a cross-party committee of MPs.
The government is poised to announce plans to try to limit the powers of the Lords so that peers only have one chance to reject some legislation before the House of Commons can insist it passes into law.
Labour peers will on Monday dispute claims by the government that extending votes to 16- and 17-year-olds in the European Union referendum would cost £6m, as the EU referendum bill returns to the House of Lords.
Labour lords are preparing to defy the House of Commons after it blocked their proposals to let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in the EU referendum.
The government has pushed through plans to give English MPs the right of veto over English laws – a move that the shadow leader of the Commons described as “a charter for breaking up the union”.
The government suffered a heavy setback in the House of Lords after peers rejected its plans to establish English votes for English laws (Evel), voting in favour of establishing a committee to examine and further debate its proposals.
Betty Boothroyd, the former Speaker of the House of Commons, has launched a stinging critique of the government’s proposals on English votes for English laws, saying it was a “recipe for discord” that threatens to undermine the union and both houses of parliament.
The government has suffered yet another defeat in the House of Lords over an amendment that would give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote in council elections.