Yvette Cooper calls for freeze on Lords appointments – BBC News

Given that David Cameron is set to send even more of his cronies – whose contribution to Cameron’s Tories will have more to do with their position than any worth to the country – into the Upper House in the Dissolution Honours, Ms Cooper has a point, wouldn’t you say?

There should be a freeze on the appointment of new peers until the House of Lords has been reformed, Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper says.

She said it was time to “break the logjam” with more peers attending the Lords than ever before.

There are currently 781 peers eligible to take part in Lords proceedings.

A new list of peerages is expected next week.

The Dissolution Honours List is made following the end of every Parliament.

Source: Yvette Cooper calls for freeze on Lords appointments – BBC News

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15 thoughts on “Yvette Cooper calls for freeze on Lords appointments – BBC News

  1. Nick Fourbanks

    the lords is at bursting point it should have equal membership. it’s role is to debate the workings of the government and to make sure that policies are fair and lawful among other duties

    the lords is certainly over subscribed as the cost of this house of peers comes in at 300 to 400 pound per day per person should you be lucky enough to attend

    many of the peers today have a disability and should not really be in attendance at all as there not contributing to any of the debates

    All lords over the age of 66 should retire to make way for the new lords but overall their numbers should never exceed 500 at any one time as that is all you need to fulfill your remit as a lord in the house

    the way where going now with lords is madness and that madness needs to stop now and fast

    1. Nick Fourbanks

      i would like to clarify a small point when i say a disability i am meaning that the persons suffers from a mental impairment so as to not be of any use in a debate of which is important not only to the house but to the country as a whole

  2. Mr.Angry

    Could not agree more it’s become more like a cattle market, a crumbling edifice. Reform more needed than welfare a total waste of tax payers money. I would donate a kidney to go there each day to fall asleep and get £300.00 + a day, at least I could keep my wife and I warm over winter.

    Amazing how much relevance the hand shake has.

  3. Joan Edington

    Glad that she has answered the SNP call for the other parties to stop appointing their peerages.

      1. Joan Edington

        “Those who believe that our representatives should be democratically elected should not be adding to their contingent in the unelected house – that is why I am today challenging the UK Labour leadership candidates, and also the new leader of the LibDems’ Tim Farron not to appoint any new members of the House of Lords until concrete reform is established.”

        -Angus MacNeil MP

        2nd August

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        That would be utterly counter-productive.
        We’d end up with an overwhelming number of new Tory lords. Does Angus MacNeil really want that?

      3. Joan Edington

        The point being that if none of the other parties appointed Lords, the Tories would really have to stop too. They wouldn’t get away with carrying on ad infinitum.

  4. Ian

    The Lords needs replacing entirely, not reforming. The make up of the Lords should directly reflect the percentage of the vote each party gets, as far as that is possible.

  5. sasson1

    It is surely corrupt for any government to keep appointing peers that support their political party. Whichever government is in power, I’ve never understand how this is allowed in a supposed democratic country.

  6. chriskitcher

    Not so sure about a freeze. Would suggest a cull, if its good enough for seals, deer etc., then more than good enough for these scroungers and spongers.

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