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Sir Keir Starmer ‘plans to abolish the House of Lords’ when he becomes Prime Minister

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The proposal, reported by The Observer, would be part of a plan to “restore confidence in politics” and would include Labor holding a consultation on the composition and size of a new chamber, as well as immediate reform of the current and often criticized chamber’s appeals process.

There have long been warnings that membership of the House of Lords is becoming excessive.

Boris Johnson caused controversy with some of his appointments in the unelected chamber. especially Lord Lebedev.

The media mogul and son of a former KGB agent was promoted to life peerage in 2020 but has only spoken once on the House of Representatives floor.

More recently, Mr Johnson has been accused of nominating several Conservative MPs for peerages but telling them to delay their adoption to avoid triggering by-elections.

The Observer reports that Sir Keir, whose party has a sizeable lead in the polls after weeks of political instability, told Labor colleagues one reason for the reform was that the public had “lost confidence in the ability of politicians and politics , bring about change”.

According to his plans, the Lord’s successor would be “truly representative” of the nations and regions of the United Kingdom while retaining his role as second chamber in relation to the House of Commons.

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