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The bloated House of Lords gets even more obese

May 24, 2018 3:36 PM
By Bryan Lewis

Only last February Theresa May was backing a bid to cut the size of House of Lords. But in May she wants to appoint 13 new Lords because the Tories don't have a majority in that House and they have inflicted a string of defeats on Brexit.

The House of Lords is already the second largest legislative chamber in the world, behind China's National People's Congress. There are more peers than could ever sit in the chamber at the same time and the bulk of the work of the House is done by a much smaller group of peers.

These new additions are an insult to voters. Given that all parties claim to want to reduce the size of the second chamber, they should act on their word.

It is now time for cross-party legislation to finally reform this archaic and super-sized second chamber. We've had years of stalling on this front - the main parties must now act.