A Coalition pledge that won't ever be fulfilled?
After Friday's new peers, the Coalition is almost as far as it was in May from achieving its then stated aim.
The Coalition Agreement said that pending reform of the Lords "appointments will be made with the objective of creating a second chamber that is reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election".
With the appointment of 10 new Labour peers, Labour's strength in the upper house will be 244, way ahead of its proportion of the vote at the next election (and still some way ahead of the Tories)
By my calculation, to reflect the vote proportions in May, the Lords would need 304 Conservative peers (compared with 220 after today's appointments), and 193 Lib Dems (compared with 94 from today).
So that would require another 84 Conservatives and another 99 Lib Dems - 183 in all.
Which would bring the strength of the Lords to nearly 1,000.
Somehow, methinks that's a Coalition Agreement pledge that won't ever be fulfilled.