MP Penny Mordaunt ‘pleased’ with Lords reform U-turn

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt says she is pleased with the decision to scrap plans to reform the House of Lords.

The government was yesterday forced to abandon reform of the House of Lords and changes to MP constituency boundaries as part of its constitutional reform programme.

Ms Mordaunt was among the MPs who rebelled against the bill last month.

The decision to drop the bill was made after not gaining enough support from Conservative backbenchers or the Labour part.

It lead to deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg criticising the Conservatives.

But Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I’m really pleased that this really ill-thought bill has been killed.

‘But I would have hoped for a more grown-up response from our coalition partners on this.

‘Because it has been killed off doesn’t mean we cannot carry on with progressing with reform and the boundary changes. Lord Steel has sensible reform plans ready to go.’

On the coalition, she added: ‘It will be business as usual for the coalition government.

‘We have survived bumpier things than this.

‘We need stability to rebuild the economy and I hope this is not the end of House of Lords reform.’