Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Lords Reform

7th March 2007 has been declared Lords Reform Day, as it is the day when MPs are due to vote on various proposals for reforming the House of Lords. Unlock Democracy is calling for MPs to support a bicameral parliament and the removal of the hereditary peers, and to specifically back the proposals for a 60% and 80% elected second chamber. Sounds good to me, though a second chamber elected under PR would be even better and boost our chances of getting more Greens into the second chamber! Natalie has a suggested letter to lobby your MP with on her blog. Further details here. Anyone know where Joan Ruddock stands on this one? I'm guessing she is in favour of an elected second chamber?!

6 comments:

James said...

You can find out your MP's voting record by going to http://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/lrd/write.php.

Joan Ruddock voted in 2003 for the options for a 60%, 80% and 100% elected chamber. She is a supporter of the Elect the Lords campaign and has signed the EDM in support of a predominently elected second chamber. Nevertheless, I'm sure she would be greatly encouraged by vocal support from her constituents when it comes to the vote on 7 March.

Sue Luxton said...

thanks James, I thought she was supportive, but thanks for clarification.

Barkingside21 said...

what is meant by "experts"?

Sue Luxton said...

? what experts? Nice blog btw, Barkingside21!

Barkingside21 said...

The pie in your graphic shows a slice for "experts". If these are scientists who can bring some objectivity to the debates on for eg Climate change or Nuclear power......I might be persuaded. I'd want them elected mind.

Sue Luxton said...

oh, right, gotcha, thanks. Pie Chart is nicked straight from the website: http://www.electthelords.org.uk/. I don't think the experts in this pie chart are elected, but would agree that it would be v useful to have some elected 'experts'!