It is claimed the unelected Upper House is packed with “cronies” and is “abused” by politicians in the Lower House.
The House of Lords has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after several high-profile peers have threatened to amend the Government’s Brexit Bill – a move which could threaten to override the will of the British people to leave the clutches of the EU.
A petition to replace the House of Lords has reached more than 16,000 signatures
The House of Lords is being abused by our elected officials by filling it with cronies
The petition, which runs until May 2, has more than 16,000 votes and urges the Government to replace the Lords with a publicly elected body.
The petition reads: “The House of Lords is being abused by our elected officials by filling it with cronies. It costs our taxpayers around £100million a year (probably much more).
“The House of Lords is the largest parliamentary chamber in any democracy. It is surpassed in size only by China’s National People’s Congress.”
A retrospect of the State Opening of Parliament Sat, July 2, 2016
A beautiful retrospect of the State Opening of Parliament in The House of Lords, Westminster from 1952.
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1952: Jovial Queen Elizabeth having left Buckingham Palace in the Irish State coach for Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament
There are currently more than 800 sitting Lords who can amend and reject legislation proposed by the Government.
Theresa May’s Government has since responded to the petition.
The response reads: “The House of Lords is a revising chamber, which plays an important role in scrutinising, checking and challenging the work of the House of Commons.
There are currently more than 800 sitting Lords who can amend and reject legislation
The petition has more than 16,000 signatures
“The majority of the Members of the House of Lords do not receive a salary and may elect to claim a daily or reduced daily allowance for each day that they attend. Since 2010, the cost of the House of Lords to has fallen in real terms by 14 per cent.
It added: “While comprehensive reform is not a priority in this Parliament, the Government recognises the importance of addressing the size of the House of Lords.”
If the petition reaches at least 100,000 signatures, Parliament may be forced to debate the proposals.