Two days of debate on the House of Lords Reform Bill will inevitably lead to the Bill being passed at its Second Reading because the Opposition will vote with the Government. I will be in the No Lobby.
I do not think that the proposals will do anything to improve the quality of the legislation passed by Parliament which is, as far as I am concerned, the principal question we need to answer before starting major reforms to the House of Lords. I have had very few of my constituents call for yet more elected politicians and whilst the present system is not perfect there would be plenty of problems with any system which is proposed to replace the Lords. I think most people will put reform of the House of Lords fairly low down their list of priorities.