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Time to cut the House of Lords down to size

The Scottish referendum raised all sorts of questions about the purpose of the House of Lords—but the most urgent task is to reduce its numbers

By Meg Russell   March 2015

The House of Lords: "It is often described as 'unreformed' but the removal of most hereditary peers in 1999 was transformative." © Geoff Pugh/Telegraph/PA Archive/Press Association

Read a transcript of Prospect’s roundtable on House of Lords reform

Eighteen years ago, Tony Blair’s first government swept to power on a manifesto promising a two-stage reform of the House of Lords: to remove the hundreds…

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