As a newly elected MP in 1979 it seemed obvious to me that we needed to elect the Lords. No question about it! Unelected legislators in the age of democracy – it must be wrong! So like most MPs I took it for granted that Labour’s election manifesto of 1910 must finally be honoured. I now have a memorial mug given to me by Margaret Becket MP with the quotation from that election saying:
TO THE WORKING – CLASS ELECTORS.
You are again being asked to return a majority pledged to remove the House of Lords as a block in the working of our constitution.
Do it, and do it emphatically.
THE LORDS MUST GO!
So why is reform or abolition of the Lords such a persistent and challenging task? All three parties said in their last manifestos that the Lords should be elected but the closer you get to the arguments the more complex and questionable it becomes. The current Governments Draft Bill has exposed the fault lines.
More to follow!