Next week a by-election takes place with only 31 electors eligible to vote. No, this isn’t for some corrupt body or dictatorship this is an election to our very own Houses of Parliament.
The House of Lords still has 92 hereditary peers who are only in the Lords because of their ancestors ability to cozy up to the elite at the time. I have a Bill to abolish them once and for all, but the UK Government keeps blocking it.
The minister says it was Labour that produced the current arrangements. That is only because the Tories blocked our original plans to abolish hereditary peers in the late 1990s. If they would have supported us we wouldn’t be in this ridiculous situation.
The minister proudly stated that they won the General Election and their manifesto set in stone that they will not reform the House of Lords. All the while they continue to want to shrink the democratically elected Commons in their favour.
I’m not one for giving up and I am determined to keep pushing for the abolition of hereditary peers from the House of Lords. These are people, 91 men and only 1 woman, who owe their ability to make laws and question the Government for no reason other than accident of birth.
The Government want to shrink the size of the democratically elected House of Commons but want to do nothing with the bloated House of Lords. All they need to do is support my Bill or the Bill of my colleague Lord Grocott and we can see the end of this undemocratic quirk in our Parliament.
Today, I presented a Bill to the House of Commons to continue to press for hereditary peers to be abolished from the House of Lords. This would mark a small but significant reform of the House of Lords. If parliament adopt this Bill it could be used to navigate the next chapter of the Lords in its slow march towards a more democratic and accountable future.
My Bill continues the efforts of Lord Bruce Grocott who recently introduced a Private Members Bill to the House of Lords to bring an end to the by-elections of hereditary peers. This version of the Bill would have incrementally eroded away hereditary peers from the Upper Chamber as they would not be replaced once they departed the House. Read more “Introducing my House of Lords Reform Bill”
On Wednesday, I asked the Cabinet Office Minister, Chris Skidmore MP, what reasons do the Government hold for blocking Lord Grocott’s House of Lords reform Bill to end the ludicrous situation of hereditary peers remaining in our parliament.
As you will be aware, I have been pushing for House of Lords reform for some time now. I have so far introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill and next week I will be introducing a new Bill to remove hereditary peers for the House of Lords. Read more “Cabinet Office Questions: House of Lords Reform”