House of Lords Reform

Why The House Of Lords Shouldn't Be Abolished But Reformed

Lauren E. White | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

The House of Lords could be something great if governments weren't too afraid or selfish to change it for the better. Abolishing the House would give governments too much power and we would most certainly run the risk of an oppressive - even a totalitarian-like - government. Real reform could deliver real results. Don't abolish the future, abolish the present holding us back.

A Squad System For The Lords

Kevin Brennan | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

The publication of Boundary Commission Proposals for the next election has sparked a lively debate. Inevitably, there is a very close interest in this matter from MPs themselves, some of whom find that the new proposals cut up their beloved constituency into several pieces.

International Day of Democracy: What Does Taking Back Control Mean To You?

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

If Theresa May means what she says about her government being for all and not just the "privileged few", then she needs to direct her attention to addressing this sense of powerlessness that is sweeping the nation.

Leaving the EU Over Its Democratic Deficit? You've Got to Be Kidding...

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

The alternative to participating in such intergovernmental cooperation is standing alone in a world shaped by the survival of the fittest. As the UK has long ceased to belong to those, it is clearly much better off inside the European Union - imperfect as its system of governance might be.

UK Government Should Ditch Plans to Reduce the Number of Scottish MPs

Kirsty Blackman | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kirsty Blackman

The message couldn't be any clearer: Rather than depleting the number of Scottish MPs any further, David Cameron should instead actually listen to the voters of Scotland for once. We need to abolish the ridiculous House of Lords and give these unelected, unaccountable and costly peers their P45s.

'Mr Cameron's Poodle?' The House of Lords and Its Powers

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

This week's defeat of the British government in the House of Lords over cuts to tax credits has highlighted just how much power remains with the unele...

House of Lords - To Elect or Not to Elect?

Salome Verrell | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Salome Verrell

Should the Lords become an elected chamber? Partly-elected perhaps but fully elected and we could end up with the same political game-playing and circus entertainment we often get with the House of Commons? Is that democracy? The public seem very discontent with politicians so why are we calling for more by having the Lords electable?

Unspeakable: The Scandal of Silent Peers in the House of Lords

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

That Peers who failed to speak in the chamber during the whole of the last Parliamentary session claimed three quarters of a million pounds in expenses and allowances is surely a damning indictment on Britain's 'upper' chamber.

The House of Lords Should Remain Unelected

Harry Howard | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Howard

Certainly, the upper house needs reform in a number of areas, not least to ensure that numbers do not balloon to ridiculous proportions.The answer though certainly does not lie in stripping away all that is good about the House of Lords and replacing it with a room full of elected, whippable Lords, who will do what their party tells them.

Yes, Lords Reform is Needed - But so is Caution

Alan Grant | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Our democracy, like every political system across the world, needs reform and will always need reform but before we throw the bathwater out, let's make doubly sure we've removed the baby first.

This Idea For A Scottish 'House Of Lords' Has Upset Lots Of People

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK

Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Kezia Dugdale has called on the government to abolish Westminster's House of Lords, and instead replace it with a s...

The House of Lords Is Bigger Than Lord Sewell - Which Is Why It Shouldn't Be Abolished

David Browne | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

What we need to remember is that the House of Lords is far bigger than Lord Sewell, and that's precisely why calls to abolish it based purely on Sewell's actions - without actually considering what this entails - must be resisted.

The SNP, the House of Lords and Why There is More to Democracy Than Being Elected

Jackie Kemp | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

The SNP, according to Scotland on Sunday, is 'furious' about plans for the 'unelected' House of Lords to scrutinise the Scotland Bill. (

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Ned Simons

Tory: 'Dirty' Clegg Dealt 'Shattering Blow' To Conservative Reelection Chances | Ned Simons | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's "dirty" decision to torpedo Tory plans to redraw the electoral map was a "shattering blow" to the party, a former Conservative cabinet mi...

Asa Bennett

'Clegg Prostituted The Lib Dems Over New Peers' | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg could face questions at the next Liberal Democrat conference over his latest choices to be Liberal Democrat peers, a leading Liberal Democr...

Asa Bennett

Which Donors Have Been Made Peers? | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

Thirty new peerages were doled out today to a glittering array of party donors, former political advisers and MPs. Some are controversial character...

Have the Liberal Democrats Forgotten About the Coalition Agreement?

Darren Rutland | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK Politics
Darren Rutland

While the country is basking in Olympic glory, this week seemed like a good time for the Deputy Prime Minister to announce that his wish for Lords reform is dead. Unsurprisingly, he wanted to blame everyone but his own party.

A Welcome Break for Cameron - But Years of Commons Turmoil Beckons

Alan Wager | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Alan Wager

Lazy clichés, as a general rule, are best avoided by political hacks and commentators. Yet the likening of the current coalition government to a marriage has been a constant theme for analysts of all creeds in the last two years, and it has never resonated quite as strongly as it did at the end of this parliamentary session.

Why Don't the Government Want a Referendum on House of Lords Reform?

Darren Rutland | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Politics
Darren Rutland

The dust seems to have settled on the discussion about the House of Lords. For now. Politicians have spent a century discussing how to reform it, and we all still seem none the wiser. All we know is that it needs reform. But what exactly?

Jokes Of The Week: Seven Days Of Twitter Funnies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Comedy

The O2 fiasco. The House of Lords fiasco. The army being drafted into the Olympics fiasco. And Chris Moyles. Yes, this was a week in which we coul...

The Lib Dem Political Plan for the Next Year

Dr Mark Pack | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Pack

The Queen inspires more terror than George Osborne. That is the tempting conclusion to be drawn from comparing the Queen's Speech (volume of advanced leaks: low) with the Budget (volume of advanced leaks: high). After all, Osborne can tax you but the Queen has the Tower of London...

House of Lords Reform: MPs Have one More Chance to Save our Constitution

Alastair Whitby | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Alastair Whitby

I think the reason is because we worry too much about the Lib Dems and we have left the reform proposals too long in their hands.

Constitutional Reform Is Always Difficult

Margot James | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

Even if people agree on what is wrong in the current arrangement, they never agree on a solution. But that is no argument for accepting, yet again, a status quo which combines a hereditary basis with one of patronage and which results in a chamber which is totally unrepresentative of the population for which it is legislating.

Please Leave Quietly

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Politics
Katharine Quarmby

The House of Lords is an anachronism, albeit sometimes a very pleasant and extremely eccentric one, and should be reformed.