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Professor Michael Kenny, UK reviews powers of House of Lords after tax vote



David Cameron is promising to review the powers of the House of Lords after unelected peers stalled legislation that would have reduced tax allowances for the poor. Senior Conservatives expressed their fury after Labour and Liberal Democrat members of the appointed chamber stepped out of their usual roles as technical overseers of legislation and blocked a measure designed to slash £4.4bn in tax credits for parents and low-income workers. Professor Michael Kenny said: “The lords were within their constitutional right to reject this particular proposal. They did it in part because of their perception that there was widespread concern about this. If this were to happen again, that would be a big deal.”
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