Keir Starmer reveals plan to abolish the House of Lords if he becomes PM

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer responds after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London, following his attendance of the G20 Summit in Indonesia . Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS G20. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says his party will replace the House of Lords with an elected chamber if he becomes PM (Picture: PA)

Sir Keir Starmer has announced plans to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with an elected chamber if he becomes prime minister.

The Labour leader said the move was part of a plan to ‘restore trust in politics’ and would see his party hold a consultation on the size and composition of a new chamber ahead of the next election.

Also up for review would be more immediate changes to the current and often-criticised appointment process. Final decisions are set to be confirmed in the party’s next manifesto.

Starmer said the public’s faith in the political system had been undermined by successive Tory leaders handing peerages to ‘lackeys and donors’, the Observer reported.

Speaking at a meeting of party peers last week, Starmer told his MPs he wants to transfer power from politicians to people.

‘I want to be clear that we do need to restore the trust of the public in every part of the United Kingdom in our system of government,’ Sir Keir said.

‘House of Lords reform is just one part of that … People have lost faith in the ability of politicians and politics to bring about change, that is why, as well as fixing our economy, we need to fix our politics.’

Lords reform will be a key part of Starmer’s election campaign (Picture: Shutterstock)

Starmer believes Lords reform is necessary to demonstrate how his government would differ from the Conservatives (Picture: PA)

The upper chamber should be ‘truly representative’ of the UK’s nations, Starmer added, and said his proposals would ensure it would be responsible for amending and scrutinising bills – but would not replace any …read more

Source:: Metro News

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