REVEALED: Radical plans to slash unelected House of Lords and save MILLIONS in cash

Posted on Oct 17 2017 - 7:18am by admin

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A peer can claim £300 a working day

A Lords committee tasked with cutting membership of the House of Lords propose time limits in a report this month, according to The Times.

The Lords has almost 800 members which makes it the second largest legislative chamber in the world after the National People’s Congress of China.

Campaigners have criticised the cost of running the upper house in which members are entitled to claim £300 per working day.

They also argue against Lords having peerages for life.

A 15-year time limit on new members will be proposed as a way of maintaining a smaller house while creating a greater sense of continuity in its membership than in the commons.

Darren Hughes, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, welcomed the proposals but said that the chamber needed to reform further.

He said: “It’s encouraging members of the Lords see themselves that the whole system is totally out of control.

“Time limits would be a start but reform needs to go much further. These proposals have two problems — they don’t stop the creation of peerages by party leaders for political friends and donors.

“They also don’t address the lack of democratic accountability in the Lords.”

Lord Fowler, the Speaker, said the chamber should “be at a number that is just less than the House of Commons”.

The idea of limiting peerages to 15-years was proposed by Nick Clegg during the coalition Government.

Mr Clegg also proposed that 80 per cent of peers be elected for single terms.

Also, the Wakeham commission reported in 2000 under New Labour that the numbers in the Lords should be reduced and introduce some members for 15-year elected cycles.

Mr Blair was criticised for creating life peers and filling the House of Lords with “Tony’s Cronies”.

The was due to the Government struggling to get legislation through the Lords because of rebellions of Tory, Lib Dem and Crossbench peers.

Similarly, David Cameron filled the Lords with his “cronies” during his premiership.

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Tony Blair and David Cameron were criticised for filling the Lords with “cronies”

Mr Cameron’s appointments to the House of Lords since he became Prime Minister have claimed £13million in expenses.

The report calls for the four largest parts of the Lords, 252 Conservative peers, 199 Labour, 100 Liberal Democrats and 180 cross-benchers to commit to cutting the size of their blocs in stages.

It comes as Lord Lloyd Webber, 69, announced he would retire following rules introduced in 2014 to allow peers to retire from the House.

Lord Webber has only voted 42 times in his 20 year peerage.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has resigned from the House of Lords and only voted 42 times

Writing to the Tory chief whip, he said: “I have been privileged to be a member of the house for 20 years and resign with a heavy heart but in the knowledge that what is expected from a member today is very different from what it was when I joined the house in 1997.

“I feel my place should be taken by someone who can devote the time to the House of Lords that the current situation dictates.”

Lord Webber said he considered quitting after being convinced to vote for tax credit cuts by George Osborne.

Peers unanimously backed reducing the size of the Lords in December and the Speaker assembled a committee to explore “practical and politically viable” steps.

The move could be implemented through changes to the rule book of the Lords without need for primary legislation.

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