As Heffer quite rightly draws to our attention in the Telegraph this morning, no new legislation is needed to rid the Lords of the bent Labour peers. Any MP with a slot for a private member's bill to his credit can introduce the following Bill:
Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, and by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by authority of the same, that the Baron Truscott of St James', the Baron Moonie of Bennochy, the Baron Snape of Wednesbury and the Baron Taylor of Blackburn, for the heinous dishonour of Parliament, stand and be adjudged and attainted of dishonour, and shall suffer degradation from the title style and dignity of Barons of the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and incur the forfeitures of their goods and chattels, lands, tenements and hereditaments of any estate of freehold or inheritance in the said United Kingdom, which the said Barons or any other to their use, or in trust for him, have or had, the day of the first sitting of this Parliament, or at any time since.
Job done. And a few bob back for HM Treasury to boot.