Monday, March 15, 2010

House of Lords to be an elected ''Senate'' - Public Service

House of Lords to be an elected ''Senate'' - Public Service:

Labour is looking seriously at replacing the House of Lords with a fully elected chamber and will put plans in its general election manifesto, according to Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis. Also, rather than the current 740 members, the new chamber – which could be called The Senate – would contain around 300.

'The time has now come to make it legitimate in the only way that a legislative assembly can be legitimate in the modern world, which is to be elected,' Adonis said. 'We can do it in this country as most democracies do it: we'd have two chambers, both of which are elected but with the government accountable to the first chamber.'

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