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Plans to change Lords facing Conservative revolt

The government is to unveil its long-awaited plans for a mostly elected House of Lords later, in the face of a possible rebellion by Conservative MPs.

The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to push for 80% of the house to be chosen by voters. The number of peers is also expected to be almost halved from 800.

Many Tory MPs believe constitutional change should not be a priority and up to 100 are expected to oppose the bill.

Labour is backing change, despite opposition from some of its MPs

Gary O'Donoghue reports.