Lib Dem Lords reject police law

GOVERNMENT plans to introduce elected police commissioners were thrown out of the House of Lords yesterday thanks to the support of 13 Liberal Democrat peers, in an embarrassing defeat for the coalition.

Peers voted 188 to 176 in favour of an amendment wiping out the clause on allowing US-style elected crime commissioners from the Police Reform Bill.

The defeat of the coalition policy came despite Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s efforts to whip peers into opposing the amendment. The bill will now return to the Commons.