Jo has backed plans to create an elected House of Lords.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, recently announced plans to reform the House of Lords to create a smaller, 80% elected and more democratically legitimate chamber.
At present, Peers are currently appointed to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister of the day, to sit as Members for the rest of their life and scrutinise legislation proposed by the House of Commons. However, Governments and politicians on all sides have talked about reforming that House of Lords for more than a century, and Jo has encouraged her fellow MPs to back progress away from an unelected House.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It is unacceptable that the House of Lords remains completely unaccountable to the public, and reform was a key promise of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. It’s only right that people have a say in who sits in their Parliament and that politics is open and transparent, which means an elected House of Lords with a democratic mandate.
“Labour had 13 years to put plans in place for an elected House of Lords, but we are now pressing ahead with reform.”