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House of Lords reform is an issue which has caused much discussion and debate for well over 100 years. With numerous reports and committees making various recommendations with varying degrees of success the reality is that the issue has not gone a way, quite the opposite. After the General Election of 1997 the Labour party made it clear House of Lords Reform was on the agenda. The number of hereditary peers cut to just 92 from nearly 700. However year after year we have had political appointees by Party Leaders resulting in a House of Lords of 820 members and expected to rise to over 1000 by 2020. It is the second largest chamber in the world, only the Chinese National People’s Congress is bigger. Appointees to the House are made by Politicians, the very people they are meant to be holding to account ! Many believe that what we have now is the worst option and that Labour should have either left it alone or completed its reform agenda. The majority would agree that Parliament needs...
In a democracy, lawmakers should be elected by the people and be capable of being rejected by voters. The current House of Lords lacks legitimacy as members are appointed rather than elected. the chamber also lacks a system to hold members accountable to the public. Membership heavily favours London and the South East and does not represent the whole of the UK equally.
To elect members to the House of Lords would create just another Westminster subject to the same party political measures. It would cause a stalemate and members would spend time getting elected rather than concentrating on scrutinising laws. In appointing members we receive a broad church of highly skilled independent minded people who might not subject themselves to party politics and elections.
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