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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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  • User AvatarMartin 20th Feb - 11:26pm
    Ian: I cannot disagree with your first point, agreeing to an election did require some naive assumptions about Farage and the Brexit party. However your...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 20th Feb - 10:57pm
    @TCO "No, TCO is referring to independent research " No, TCO is referring to an article in The Independent then misrepresenting a quote from the...
  • User AvatarRichard S 20th Feb - 10:45pm
    As a thought experiment, what policies would a UK government need to have if immigration was off the table as a means to solve problems?...
  • User AvatarMary Reid 20th Feb - 10:29pm
    @Cllr Mark Wright - interesting point. Thank you.
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 20th Feb - 9:54pm
    TCO -As you hide behind anonymity I have no idea what your experience of running elections is (for my part I ran my first in...
  • User AvatarRoger Lake 20th Feb - 9:48pm
    I share the tone of defeated weariness in most of what's been said. I also sympathise with those who have worked faithfully through the machinery...