The future of the House of Lords is set to be formally debated after a petition calling for its abolition surpassed 100,000 signatures.
The petition was set up in late January, and has now reached 150,000 signatures.
Ever wonder what is wrong with the house of lords and their voting record? pic.twitter.com/NbNL8VcFPR
— John D (@MexicoRS78) 30 April 2018
According to Robert McBride, the petitions author, the electorate should be allowed to decide whether the ‘archaic’ tradition is fit-for-purpose in the 21st century.
“The House of Lords is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people.”
The motion will now be formally debated in the commons on June 18.
The upper chamber of the UK parliament, the House of Lords, is now not merely an expensive embarrassment. It is an impediment to democracy. The time for its abolition has arrived. Please sign this petition. https://t.co/dt6Joko2rb
— Robert Kimbell (@RedHotSquirrel) 30 April 2018