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Opinion: We should elect all Liberal Democrat nominees to the House of Lords

In 2012 House of Lords reform failed. In 2013 it’s time for Liberal Democrats to show their continuing commitment to democratic reform.

We clearly can’t get the law changed at the moment but we can make a clear, unambiguous statement of intent. It’s just simple democracy and it’s easy; the membership should elect the Liberal Democrat candidates for the Lords. One simple motion at the party conference and a bit of commitment from the leadership is all it takes.

Well of course it’s not that simple, so let’s examine a few of the arguments against and the counter arguments:

This is just internal

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    This is an interesting article and the subject raises much interest in Scotland. It is terribly important to avoid a hard border in Ireland. Though...
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    Thank you for an insightful article which highlights the dangers of border troubles in Ireland. How will the diary industry cope? It is easy to...
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    It seems clear that the UK government will not allow considerations of this kind to block its chosen course. Hiding them behind emollient words for...
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