“The Lords mustn’t be a retirement home for ex-MPs past their sell by date” says Paddy Ashdown
Lord Paddy Ashdown calls for reform to prevent the House of Lords becoming a “retirement home” for ex-MPs.” Writing in The Times, he cites the cash for honours scandal, he notes that the second chamber is highly politicised already and that second chambers are elected in the rest of the world. Finally, he challenges the Labour Party to live up to its manifesto promise of reforming the House of Lords.
Lord Ashdown certainly offers food for thought in discussing the current process of creating peers who have a unique mix of current knowledge to help assess legislation and check excessive governmental power.
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