Labour and Lib Dem peers could force a vote to defeat government on "reverse burden of proof" in Senior Managers Regime

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The House of Lords could vote today on the Senior Managers Regime, which is part of the Bank of England bill (Source: Getty)

Labour and Lib Dem peers could force a vote tomorrow to reject the government’s plans to abandon the so-called reverse burden of proof in new financial regulation.

The Treasury had originally proposed a “guilty until proven innocent” burden on executives scrutinised under the new Senior Managers & Certification regime, which is set to go into effect next March.

But Treasury officials made a U-turn in October, saying a “duty of responsibility” would instead be applied.

Labour and Lib Dem peers, meanwhile, say the Treasury made an “outrageous decision” that will “water down banker accountability”.

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