The House of Lords Reform Bill- Second reading

The House of Lords Reform Bill has passed the Second Reading in the House of Commons. At this stage, the vote was on whether we supported the principle of the Bill.

I am in favour of House of Lords reform, however I do have concerns with the Government’s Bill. Electing members on non-renewable 15 year terms will deliver no accountability to the electorate.

I am pleased that the Government dropped the programme motion which would have meant that Parliament only had 10 days to scrutinise the Bill. On legislation which effects our constitution and the way we are governed, it is important that Parliament is given enough time to look at it carefully.