Among Liberal Democrats at least, the House of Lords is viewed as an institution deeply in need of reform. That said, the potential of this house to monitor and moderate the work of the House of Commons was absolutely evident during the passage of the Immigration Bill, which is due for its Lords third reading on 6 May.
The Lords were responsible for moderating the Bill in several important ways, such as:
- exempting student accommodation from the proposed ‘landlord checks
- creating ‘guardians’ for potential victims of child trafficking, and crucially
- blocking the Government’s plans to grant the Home Secretary the power to strip a naturalised citizen of their citizenship even if that would leave them stateless.
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