Why Is It Called "The Other Place"?

28 March 2017, 16:18

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Mystery Hour Question

Why do the House of Lords and the House of Commons refer to each other as "the other place"?
Tony, Cardiff



Name: David, Islington
Qualification: Told by his history teacher
Answer: The phrase can be traced back to the 17th century before the House of Lords was abolished. There was animosity between the two houses and calling each other "the other place" was a way of expressing their dislike.