Lords reform: The Norman Proposals

Slightly behind the times here but a while ago Jesse Norman, one of the ringleaders of the Sensibles, wrote a hasty letter to the Chief Whip outlining the reforms his supporters would like to see. We don’t have the final version, and we may not see it for some time yet, but here’s some that was in the version seen by the Telegraph:

  • Reduce the size of the Lords [See Steel bill]
  • Remove the hereditaries [See original Steel bill]
  • Introduce retirement age and resignation arrangements [See Steel bill]
  • Make appointments commission statutory [See original Steel bill]
  • Remove criminals from legislature [See Steel bill]
  • Separating the peerage from the legislature
  • Improve scrutiny of legislation [see Goodlad report]
  • A suggestion that professional bodies might recommend candidates for nomination by some method, even by ballot

I’m not sure that last proposal got into the final draft, given Jesse Norman’s response to the article (which focused very much on that part of the draft letter and misinterpreted it entirely).

The final letter was signed by 57 Tory MPs, with more supporting it but not available to sign before it had to be delivered apparently.

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