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UK conducts review of House of Lords after peers block bill from elected House of Commons

  • FILE- In this file photo dated Monday Oct. 5, 2015, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gives a speech during the Conservative Party Conference, in Manchester, England.  Britain's government on Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, is reviewing the powers of the House of Lords after unelected peers stalled legislation that would have eliminated some tax allowances for the nation’s poor, and Osborne says the consequences of the government's defeat would "need to be dealt with."(AP Photo/Jon Super, FILE)

    FILE- In this file photo dated Monday Oct. 5, 2015, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gives a speech during the Conservative Party Conference, in Manchester, England. Britain's government on Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, is reviewing the powers of the House of Lords after unelected peers stalled legislation that would have eliminated some tax allowances for the nation’s poor, and Osborne says the consequences of the government's defeat would "need to be dealt with."(AP Photo/Jon Super, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson in action during a tug-of-war contest with personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at the launch of London Poppy Day, on Potters Field, next to City Hall in London, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015.  The Poppy Day appeal raises money to support service personnel and their families, by remembering those who have given their lives from all nations in military conflicts. (Jonathan Brady / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson in action during a tug-of-war contest with personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at the launch of London Poppy Day, on Potters Field, next to City Hall in London, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015. The Poppy Day appeal raises money to support service personnel and their families, by remembering those who have given their lives from all nations in military conflicts. (Jonathan Brady / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

Britain is reviewing the powers of the House of Lords after unelected peers stalled legislation that would have eliminated some tax allowances for the nation's poor.

Senior Conservatives expressed their fury Tuesday after Labour and Liberal Democrat members of the upper chamber of Parliament stepped out of their usual roles as technical overseers of legislation and blocked the measure that would slash 4.4 billion pounds ($6.8 billion) in tax credits for parents and people in low-income jobs.

London Mayor Boris Johnson described the House of Lords as being in "grave danger" after the vote. Treasury chief George Osborne says the consequences of the defeat would "need to be dealt with."

The move comes at a time when the future of the upper house is being debated.