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House of Lords to be abolished and replaced by elected senate

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James Chapman
UK Daily Mail
Dec 4, 2010

Ministers are to unveil revolutionary plans to replace the House of Lords with a slimmed down elected ‘senate’ containing just 300 members.

The first elections would take place in 2015 under Coalition plans to sweep away 1,000 years of history.

Lords reform would become a bigger prize for Lib Dem members of the Coalition than next year’s referendum on Commons voting reform, ministers believe.

Crucially, elections to a new senate would take place using proportional representation, the electoral system long favoured by the Lib Dems.

Ministers accept the public is sick of seeing the House of Lords packed with political cronies and believe reform will help restore faith in politics.

The move would break the link between peerages and the right to sit in the legislature following controversies over ‘cash-for-honours’.

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