Lord Strathclyde
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Tory peer claims Lords would be 'strengthened' by elections

23 April 2012 Last updated at 14:50 BST

The House of Lords would be strengthened by being directly elected, according to Lord Strathclyde.

The Tory leader of the Lords spoke of "a different house, a more assertive house" but claimed a referendum, suggested by a Parliamentry committee, would be "expensive and complicated".

He also argued the current House of Commons had given a lot of powers away and was not "assertive enough".

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