This morning, on Good Morning Britain, Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the UK Opposition, doubled down on his plans to abolish the House of Lords.
“The first thing to say is we do need to abolish it. I think the House of Lords is indefensible. And we need an elected second chamber as part of a broad set of changes that we want for the whole of the United Kingdom,” stated Starmer.
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament, and it is responsible for supervising the work of the government. The King appoints the House of Lords members on the prime minister’s advice.
Like the House of Commons, the House of Lords meets in Westminster.
Starmer seeks to abolish the House of Lords, arguing that decision-making power should be “moving away” from Westminster and Whitehall and “closer to the communities.”
Starmer said he “profoundly” believes that “those with skin in the game, those that live in their communities, know what’s best. And we’ve had too many years of hoarding power in the center in Westminster, Whitehall. We need to put it closer to communities.”
On Times Radio, Lisa Nandy, MP of the Labour Party, echoed Starmer’s statements while defending the House of Lords reform.
“We think that in a democracy, it’s not acceptable to have a body that is unelected and unaccountable to the public. We want our public institutions to be far more responsive,” said Nandy.
The MP pledged to get in touch with the communities and deliver on “every single commitment that we make.”
“So we’re going to go out into every community of this country and console them on these recommendations, and make sure that when we put them into our manifesto, we can deliver them within the first server for the Labour government,” added Nandy.
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