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    House of Lords Bill 2018

    A Bill to create a procedure for the replacement of current members of the House of Lords, reduce the amount of seats to 500, reform the way in which the House of Lords Appointments Commission functions and create a procedure for the election of members to the House of Lords.


    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1: Definitions

    (1) Elected peers are those who are chosen by the electorate to sit in the House of Lords.

    (2) Appointed peers are those who are chosen by the House of Lords Appointments Committee to sit in the House of Lords.

    2: Composition of the House of Lords

    (1) The House of Lords shall be reduced to five hundred seats using the reduction measures outlined in section 3.

    (2) The House of Lords shall be comprised of three hundred elected peers and two hundred appointed peers, upon the conclusion of the reduction measures.

    3: Appointed Peers

    (1) At the point this bill achieves Royal Assent, the House of Lords Appointments Committee shall begin a review of all current members of the House of Lords, looking for those that make the best contribution.

    (2) The House of Lords Appointment Committee shall select two hundred appointed peers for the first Thursday in May of 2019.

    (3) Using the review of all current members of the House of Lords, the House of Lords Appointment Committee shall firstly choose members that it feels have made an adequate contribution to maintain their place in the House of Lords if they accept.

    (4) In the case that the House of Lords Appointment Committee finds less than two hundred current members that it feels should maintain their place in the House of Lords, they shall use the existing selection criteria to elect new members.

    (5) This process shall repeat every ten years to coincide with elections for the House of Lords.

    4: Elected Peers

    (1) The three hundred elected peers shall be selected using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation every ten years, beginning on the first Thursday in May of 2019.

    (2) Elected peers shall be allowed to stand for re-election if they so wish.

    (3) The requirements to stand in an election shall be the same as in elections for the House of Commons.

    (4) Each county shall serve as a multi-member constituency in which an unlimited amount of people can stand for election. There shall be no limits on the amount of people that can stand from a certain political party.

    (5) Each of the following counties shall possess a different amount of seats proportional to their population, decided by the Electoral Commission:
    -Aberdeenshire
    -Angus
    -Antrim
    -Argyllshire
    -Armagh
    -Ayrshire
    -Banffshire
    -Bedfordshire
    -Belfast
    -Berkshire
    -Berwickshire
    -Buckinghamshire
    -Caithness
    -Cambridgeshire
    -Cheshire
    -City of London
    -Clackmannanshire
    -Clwyd
    -Cornwall
    -Cumbria
    -Derbyshire
    -Devonshire
    -Dorsetshire
    -Down
    -Dumfriesshire
    -Dunbartonshire
    -Durham
    -Dyfed
    -East Lothian
    -East Riding of Yorkshire
    -East Sussex
    -Essex
    -Fermanagh
    -Fife
    -Gloucestershire
    -Greater London
    -Greater Manchester
    -Gwent
    -Gwynedd
    -Hampshire
    -Herefordshire
    -Hertfordshire
    -Isle of Wight
    -Inverness
    -Kincardineshire
    -Kirkcudbrightshire
    -Kent
    -Lanarkshire
    -Lancashire
    -Leicestershire
    -Lincolnshire
    -Londonderry
    -Merseyside
    -Mid Glamorgan
    -Midlothian
    -Moray
    -Nairn
    -Norfolk
    -North Yorkshire
    -Northamptonshire
    -Northumberland
    -Nottinghamshire
    -Orkney
    -Oxfordshire
    -Peeblesshire
    -Perth and Kinross
    -Powys
    -Renfrewshire
    -Ross and Cromarty
    -Roxburghshire and Selwickshire
    -Rutland
    -Shetland Islands
    -Shropshire
    -Somerset
    -South Glamorgan
    -South Yorkshire
    -Staffordshire
    -Stirling
    -Suffolk
    -Sutherland
    -Surrey
    -Tyne and Wear
    -Tyrone
    -Warwickshire
    -West Glamorgan
    -West Lothian
    -West Midlands
    -West Sussex
    -West Yorkshire
    -Wigtownshire
    -Wiltshire
    -Worcestershire

    5: Commencement, Short Title, Extent and Conditions

    (1) This bill shall come into force on April 1, 2018.

    (2) This bill shall be cited as the House of Lords Bill 2018.

    (3) This bill extends to the United Kingdom.

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    This bill opens by reducing the House of Lords to 500 seats. The logic for this is quite simple; a house that is too big will fail to be as transparent as it should be as it is more difficult to follow and its large size can mean it is ineffective. The reality is that the British electorate know very little about the House of Lords and how it works at the moment and this must change if we wish for the House of Lords to provide adequate scrutiny to the legislation of the House of Commons.

    Secondly, this bill legislates to review and replace members of the House of Lords that fail to provide this country the service it deserves. As the House of Lords Appointment Committee possesses a majority of members not involved in political parties, it can be ensured that this would be based upon the scrutiny offered by members and their turnout rather than for any nefarious political purposes. This process is repeated every ten years in order to provide accountability to those selected for non-political reasons without needing to replace those who are doing a satisfactory job.

    The House of Lords is often called undemocratic; an upper house merely provides checks and balances to the lower house rather than possessing equality or superiority to it and therefore peers selected without the consent of the electorate should not be considered an affront to democracy. Indeed, many aspects of all political systems lack democracy and it is neither reasonable nor a good idea to attempt to pursue full democracy due to the inefficiency it entails.

    Nonetheless, this bill legislates to create elections for members that take a more political role as to provide accountability and encourage the public and media to take a greater interest in the workings of the House of Lords, while using the single transferable vote to necessitate bipartisanship and scrutiny over political games. In closing, this bill is a radical yet sensible attempt at providing this country with a better upper house than it currently possesses. The changes made mean that the House of Lords can become an area of pride in our democracy, mixing accountability with the preservation of its fundamental purpose: scrutinising every single piece of detail in legislation from the House of Commons.
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    'Elected lords can't be abhorred.'

    Just as a heads-up, I wrote a list of equally bad taglines at 2am on Wednesday morning and I thoroughly intend on inflicting the whole lot on the House.
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    Abolition of the House of Lords would be Ideal but reform is reform.

    An aye.
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    Aye, I’m pleased where the Libers work on this bill has ended up and I urge other members of the house to support us.
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    Doesn’t go far enough, but an improvement, so it’s an Aye
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    Elections are held after too long a gap, and there should be a completely different system, based on an easier to understand voting system, and elections after 5 years.
 
 
 
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