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Michael Gove: 'Good night for Lords reform'

Conservative Education Secretary Michael Gove has spoken to Newsnight about the biggest coalition rebellion since it came to power after 91 Conservative MPs opposed plans for a mainly elected House of Lords.

He said: "Of course it is a matter of regret to me when I see Conservative colleagues - friends - in a different voting lobby to me."

But he said it had been a "good night" for those who believed in House of Lords reform, adding: "We have had the biggest vote in favour of House of Lords reform ever.

The government won the vote on the principle of its proposed reforms to Parliament with a majority of 338.

  • 11 Jul 2012