Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, November 06, 2014

House of Commons and House of Senators?

If you weren't aware of the ongoing campaign in the UK, this proposal should make you perk up your ears (even though it's not new).

Reminder: Labour Party strength is centered in the north of England and in Scotland. This Senate proposal would offer Labour a pretty secure source of political power.

Elected senate would replace House of Lords under Labour
Labour would replace the House of Lords with an elected senate if the party won next May's general election, party leader Ed Miliband has said…
Might we see the backs of the Lords?

Senators would be elected from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions instead of from constituencies like MPs…

He added, "The north-west has nearly the same population as London, but five times more members of the House of Lords are from London than from the North West…

"No wonder the recovery isn't working for most parts of Britain when the voices of most parts of Britain aren't being heard."…

Mr Miliband's announcement is part of a wider effort by Labour to pursue a policy of devolving power from Westminster.

He has said he would like a "constitutional convention" after the elections to discuss devolution plans for England.

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