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House of Lords Reform

House of Lords Reform

The Boundary Commission are seeking to reduce further the number of elected Members to the House of Commons. While the House of Commons is reduced in number and relevance, the House of Lords, at its present velocity of expansion, will soon exceed the National People’s Congress of China.

It has already exceeded the size of the European Parliament, which is directly elected by more than 400 million European citizens. It seems that we are taking back control and handing it on a plate to the barons and baronesses of the unelected upper Chamber.

Britain’s upper Chamber should resemble less the National People’s Congress of China and more the revising and advisory chamber of the people’s Parliament of a 21st century liberal democracy.

My view is clear, the House of Lords is an affront to my constituents. That the UK tax payer is funding such an affront to democracy is unthinkable in what is supposed to a 21st century Parliament. Some may think my comparison with China is somewhat flippant, but the fact remains that it is a comparison that can be drawn much closer than comfort should allow.

If we are to be taken seriously as a nation on the world stage, we need to promote democratic representation and accountability. The UK Government would rather compensate with weapons of mass destruction. These are the diplomatic tactics of yesteryear, more akin to those we used to criticise beyond the iron curtain.

Times must change. Scotland has already voiced its support for complete reform of the system, and it won’t be long before UK wide public pressure comes to bear on those who nonchalantly stroll through the corridors of power with their unwarranted sense of entitlement and self-importance.

 

The full text of my contributions to the debate can be found at https://hansard.digiminster.com/Commons/2016-10-19/debates/CA0685E2-6A97-43EE-8524-94C27A53AB25/HouseOfLordsReformAndSizeOfTheHouseOfCommons#contribution-678C6784-292E-4FF6-B35B-79823B83E1F9