Saturday, 13 March 2010

No more Non-elected Non-doms as Labour plan an all elected House of Lords

"An all-elected House of Lords"... how sweet that sounds to any true democrat. Well, it may just be on the way.

The Telegraph website is reporting that Jack Straw is ready to place his plans before Parliament. Three years ago the Lords rejected an all elected second house, despite the Commons supprting it.

The favourite for the new name would be likely to be The Senate.
The remaining 92 hereditary peers – the relic of a deal done under Tony Blair's premiership in 1999 – would also be swept away under the proposed reforms.
Mr Straw's plans go further than the tentative reforms sketched out in his 2008 white paper – which said the new-look chamber should have between 400 and 450 members and be either 100 per cent or 80 per cent elected.
Three years ago the Commons voted by a majority of 113 to reform the upper house to an all-elected chamber – but that move was blocked by the House of Lords itself, which voted for a fully appointed assembly.
 I have to say it's a great idea: non-elected non-doms have had it their own way for too long.

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