From BBC News online:
Nick Clegg has urged politicians from all parties to “get on with” reforming the House of Lords, despite disquiet among Conservative MPs over the plans…In an interview with BBC One’s Sunday Politics, Mr Clegg said: “The principle that people who make the laws of the land should be elected by the laws of the land would strike most people in the country as fairly uncontroversial.
“It’s something we have been talking about for 100 years. We should just get on with it now, with minimum fuss.”
“Our priority is rescuing the economy but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do other things like putting a smidgeon of democracy into the House of Lords.”
On the referendum proposal, he said: “Why is it that we should spend a great deal of money asking the British people a question that frankly most people don’t worry about very much and which one on which there’s a consensus among the three main parties?”
He added that last year’s referendum, on replacing the first-past-the-post Westminster elections with an “alternative vote” system, had been different, as on that issue there had been “a very stark difference of opinion between the parties”.
Questioned on the state of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, Mr Clegg replied: “We haven’t indulged in tit-for-tat selective choices about which part of the coalition agreement that we will fulfil…
“I would say to all people from all sides of the coalition government to give their support.”