Lords’ Membership could grow beyond 1000 – Tyler

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s response to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee Report, Lords Reform:  What next?, leading Lib Dem reformer Lord Tyler said:

“Whatever minor ‘tidying-up’ is enacted in this Parliament, serious reform of the Lords will loom large in Ministerial in-trays come June 2015.

 “Whenever a new Prime Minister comes to office, with new friends to reward, the membership of the Lords could rise above 1000, and no provision for resignation will help since they’ll all want to stay!

“The Coalition’s comprehensive House of Lords Reform Bill from 2012 is the only long-term solution.  It was agreed by large majorities of MPs in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.  Even the Tories voted for it by 193 to 89, and among Labour MPs the majority was a whopping 202 to 26.  The Bill should be re-introduced early in the new Parliament – with a reasonable timetable motion – so that Westminster can stop talking about reform, and actually make it happen.”

ENDS

 

Note to Editors:

Lord Tyler and the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform gave evidence to the Select Committee inquiry:  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpolcon/251/251vw05.htm

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