Peter Hoskin

Reforming the Lords

Reforming the Lords
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As today's FT reports, Jack Straw is leading the charge to reform the House of Lords.  Under his plans, most of the existing members would be ejected from their red leather seats and replaced with around 400 elected "senators".

The theoretical benefits of an elected second chamber are plain to see - greater accountability, no more cash-for-honours worries etc. etc.  But it's hard to imagine the existing crop of Lords going down without a fight.  And if they want to throw their weight around, there's always those votes on the Lisbon Treaty...