House of Lords Reform

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:28 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 4:28 pm, 6th March 2007

Yes, under the Government's proposals 50 per cent. of the new peers would be elected, but the Government propose that those elections should use a list system. Effectively, therefore, the parties choose who is elected, so peers would owe their place in the Lords to their party bosses. Crucially, it would make it much harder for independent candidates to run for office successfully. We should do all that we can to encourage independent elected Members in the other place, and I doubt that the Leader of the Opposition believes that a list system would make for a truly independent upper Chamber.