House of Lords: 'These people should be elected' says the Electoral Reform Society

House of Lords: 'These people should be elected' says the Electoral Reform Society

The House of Lords Speaker has called for a reduction in peers

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Electoral Reform Society are calling for members of the House of Lords to be elected, as the Lords Speaker has called for 200 members to be cut.

The House of Lords currently has more than 800 peers and former Cabinet minister Lord Fowler claimed the size would be untenable whilst the House of Commons is contracting in size. He is not responsible for the House of Lords reform but is a significant voice supporting the change.

Katie Ghose, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society who campaigns for the rights of voters, told the Two Mikes: "Size matters and we're really pleased the new leader has said it is a problem.

"We also think these people should be elected, they are making laws that affects each and every one of us so we think there should be fewer of them and they should be elected by the British public.

"Every single government, every single Prime Minister, is an incentive for them to put some of their own peers in the House of Lords," she explained. "It's a myth that somehow it's completely different from the House of Commons and that you never have politicians going in there.

"You can turn up and claim £300 tax free regardless of how much time you spend there," she added. "I think the rules and the set up really shock people when they hear it."

Listen to the full interview to find out more