The political reform group Unlock Democracy has called for the House of Lords to be replaced by a fully elected second chamber.
Responding to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s report last week, entitled House of Lords reform – what next?, Alexandra Runswick, director of Unlock Democracy commented: “Many of the ideas being explored by the committee seem sensible straightforward at first glance."
"However in reality what appear to be small scale changes would in practice fundamentally change the nature of membership of the House of Lords and alter the composition of the House without any consideration of its appropriate powers; an approach that opponents of reform in both Houses criticised when the House of Lords Reform Bill was debated.”
She continued: “The people who make our laws should be accountable to the people of the UK and that the most pressing reform of the House of Lords is the need to introduce direct elections.
"It is now over 100 years since the Parliament Act 1911 was passed as a temporary measure until an elected second chamber could be introduced. We need to stop tinkering and address the fundamental problem that the second chamber does not have any democratic legitimacy.”
* Unlock Democracy's evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s inquiry can be found here: http://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/pages/publication/unlock-democracy-evidenc...