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Nick Clegg confirms Lords reforms have been officially withdrawn

3 September 2012 Last updated at 18:12 BST

The government has officially withdrawn proposed legislation for elections to the House of Lords after admitting defeat over the plans last month.

In a statement to the Commons, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said ministers had sought but failed to build a consensus on the changes.

Tory MPs who opposed the plans cheered Mr Clegg as he confirmed the U-turn on the first day after the recess.