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The ‘make peers elected’ Bill

Next Discussed

3rd
Feb.

Current
Stage

What

This aims for wide-reaching Lords reform. It would cut it down to 146 life peers, 292 elected members and religious peers would be allowed to sit but not vote. Elections would be on a list basis, in June, with numbers allocated across the regions of the UK.

Why

Like other Private Member Bills, this hopes that the Lords can reform themselves, rather than waiting for it to happen by the House of Commons.

Who

Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb, a Green Party peer.

Other Arguments

  • For such constitutional change, there should perhaps be more consultation with the public and thought given to how devolution is slowly turning Parliament into an ‘English Parliament’ rather than one for the whole of the UK.
  • Lords are unlikely to vote to abolish themselves.

How to get involved

Get in touch with Baroness Jones or if you’re interested in reform more generally, you can join or learn more about the Electoral Reform Society.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

It’s very unlikely to go through.