New look Lords threaten rebellion

Peers from all sides of the new look second chamber are reportedly planning to unite behind a cross-party motion which could effectively kill off the controversial measure.

Many Labour peers are expected to join the rebels, who believe that the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill is fundamentally flawed and should not become law.

If peers vote to kill off the bill when it reaches its committee stage in the Lords on January 20, the Government would have problems reintroducing it. Because it was introduced in the Lords, the Government cannot use the Parliament Act to force it through