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During yesterday's Lords Reform Bill debate, Conservative backbench opponents of the measure outnumbered supporters by over four to one

By Paul Goodman
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I'm sorry not to be able at this stage to give summary of speeches during yesterday's first day of debate on the Lords Reform Bill, and sorry again if I've missed anyone out in the wake of my whirlwind reading of Hansard this morning.

But even if I have done so, it's evident that David Cameron is in deep trouble over this bill.  Opponents outnumbered supporters yesterday by at least four to one.

I have only counted speeches, nor interventions - and haven't attempted to predict whether opponents of the measure will vote against Second Reading or against the programme motion (if it's moved) or both.


Mark Field (City of London and Westminster)

Laura Sandys (South Thanet)

John Stevenson (Carlisle)


Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton)

Steve Brine (Winchester)

Dan Byles (North Warwickshire and Bedworth)

Caroline Dinenage (Gosport)

Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire)

Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest)

Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington)

Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills)

Nicholas Soames (Mid-Sussex)

David Tredinnick (Bosworth)

Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford on Avon)


Harriet Baldwin (West Worcestershire) told the Commons that she would support the bill on Second Reading but not on Third Reading in its present form.


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