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Lords Pass Bill Stripping Hereditary Voting Rights

April 01, 1999| Associated Press

LONDON — The House of Lords reluctantly passed a bill Wednesday stripping aristocrats who hold inherited seats from voting in the upper chamber of Parliament. But that didn't stop some peers from considering a legal challenge to the plan.

The Lords passed the bill in the early hours after a marathon debate but attached an amendment expressing reservations concerning the Labor government's plan to modernize the 800-year-old nonelected chamber.

Some peers fighting the measure have assembled a legal team to mount a challenge, said Lord Pearson of the opposition Conservative Party.

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