BREXIT AFTERMATH: Fowler Axes 200 Peers outta House of Common to Fuck Tory for Goodbye. – SUICIDE BOMBERS MAGAZINE
We must axe 200 peers, says new Speaker of the Lords because the Upper Chamber ‘cannot justify’ having so many members Lord Fowler said Parliament must stop ‘faffing around’ with Lords reform House of Lords has 807 peers while House of Commons is to shrink to 600 Last significant reform was to purge most of the hereditary peers in 1999 bloated House of Lords must get rid of more than 200 peers, says Lord Fowler +3 The bloated House of Lords must get rid of more than 200 peers, says Lord Fowler The bloated House of Lords must get rid of more than 200 peers, its most senior member has argued. Lord Fowler, who is the new Speaker in the House of Lords, said the upper chamber ‘cannot justify’ having over 800 members while the House of Commons is being cut. He warned that Parliament must stop ‘faffing around’ with Lords reform and just do it. MPs are due to have their numbers cut by 50 before the next election in a shake up by the Boundary Commission. This will shrink the House of Commons to around 600 seats and will ensure every MP has a similar number of constituents. Lord Fowler, who served as Health Secretary under Baroness Thatcher, said the number of peers should not be higher than the number of MPs. As his parting shot before leaving Downing Street, David Cameron introduced 16 new peers in his resignation honours list. He was accused of rewarding ‘cronies’ as 13 of these were Tories, with two cross-benchers and one Labour. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next No job? You can’t move to Britain: May’s blueprint to curb… Boris’ plan to tackle immigration won’t work, says May: PM… Theresa May slaps down Keith Vaz saying the public need… SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share Lord Fowler said in an interview with The House Magazine: ‘I don’t think that we can justify a situation where you have over 800 peers at the same time as you’re bringing down the Commons to 600 MPs.’ ‘The principle, it seems to me, is that we should have fewer Lords. We should certainly not have more peers than there are Members of Parliament. ‘I think that’s a principle that would probably find agreement amongst most of the House.’ He suggested there was now a ‘broad consensus’ that the Lords needed to be cut but it needed to decide on a number. Lord Fowler said: ‘Frankly we’ve been faffing around on this for some time now. And my fear would be that unless we take the initiative here someone else will take the initiative – like the Government – and seek to force something upon us.’ Lord Fowler warned that Parliament must stop ¿faffing around¿ with Lords reform and just do it +3 Lord Fowler warned that Parliament must stop ‘faffing around’ with Lords reform and just do it Allowing the Government to take the lead ‘would be rather foolish’ and there would be more merit in being ‘self-enforcing’ he said. ‘The House of Lords should look at reform and change and not leave it other people,’ he added. Lord Fowler argued the Lords did not get the credit it deserved but this was because ‘the size of the House gets in the way’. He added: ‘At the moment the size of the House hangs over it like a cloud so anything you do it always comes back to, “aren’t you too big?” etc. ‘If you get rid of the “too big” argument, perhaps the public and politicians can concentrate on what we actually do, which I think is fundamentally important.’ The former Cabinet minister said there were ‘a few passengers’ in the Lords but most were ‘hardworking and conscientious’. Lord Fowler, who served as Health Secretary under Baroness Thatcher, said the number of peers should not be higher than the number of MPs +3 Lord Fowler, who served as Health Secretary under Baroness Thatcher, said the number of peers should not be higher than the number of MPs The dominance of opposition peers in the Lords has inflicted 60 defeats on the Government since last year. There are only 247 Conservative members of the House of Lords out of 807 Lords in total. And while the Liberal Democrats have only eight elected MPs, they have 109 members in the Lords. Successive governments have debated and tried to introduce Lords reform. The last significant change was to purge most of the hereditary peers in 1999. But most attempts to overhaul the Upper Chamber have been stalled by rows over the numbers and whether peers should be elected.