I have just hosted a meeting of Vauxhall Labour Party members in a House of Lords Committee Room. This followed a request months ago from the Party Secretary, saying that it would be good to have a members’ meeting to discuss the work of the House of Lords and the proposals for Lords’ reform. Despite the time of year and the flu/cough that seems to be afflicting a high proportion of Londoners at the moment, the meeting was reasonably attended with more than twenty making the pilgrimage across the river. The discussion was enlivened by the presence of not only the current MP, Kate Hoey, but also of two former MPs (for other constituencies). As a result, my remarks about the House of Lords being the end of the Palace of Westminster where most of the work is done, in terms of Parliamentary scrutiny of legislation, did not go unchallenged!
Interestingly, the members present were not convinced by the current proposals for House of Lords reform ….