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The House of Lords should be cut to 600 peers—here’s how

Fifteen year terms for new members would be a start

By Terry Burns  

Photo: Diliff, Wikimedia Commons

“It so happens that if there is an institution in Great Britain which is not susceptible of any improvement at all, it is the House of Peers!”—Lord Mount in Iolanthe, by W S Gilbert

When I agreed to an invitation by the Lord Speaker, Norman Fowler, to chair a committee to look at how to reduce the excessive size of the House of Lords, I did so in the knowledge that it was not our task to complete the second stage of the reforms initiated…

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