Are you angry with the Lords? Don’t abolish or elect it. Here’s a better reform

As the House of Lords continues to flex its muscles over Brexit, the debate should be about reform, not abolition or election, writes Alex Morton in his regular ConHome column.

Alex argues that an elected second chamber would leave to a “struggle for legitimacy” between the two houses and “greater chaos” while dispensing with a second chamber all together would mean losing the valuable roles it plays in bringing forward non-partisan legislation, providing scrutiny, and allowing non-politicians to contribute to public life.

Instead he proposes reform to create an “effective revising chamber” that can amend legislation just once, in order to retain the Lords’ expertise and maintain the primacy of the Commons.

Click here to read the full piece on the ConHome website.

Date Added: Wednesday 16th May 2018