Boris Johnson: Cut House of Lords to 400 peers with ‘Dignitas style euthanasia’ plan

“There are a great many of these geezers who don’t do much at all. We probably only need about 400 legislators.”

How the House of Lords looks now, by party
Party Total
Bishops 26
Cons 226
Crossbench 179
Labour 212
Liberal Democrat 101
Non-affiliated 22
Other parties 17


Mr Johnson, however, refused to say whether he would accept a peerage himself if the opportunity arose in the future.

A Cabinet minister warned last week that peers could be forced to leave the House of Lords when they get too old in a bid to ensure the second chamber does not “keep growing indefinitely”.

Writing in The Telegraph, Baroness Stowell, the Conservative leader in the Lords, conceded that the second chamber needs reform in the wake of Mr Cameron’s decision to appoint more peers.

Baroness Stowell suggested that “age or term limits” could be brought in to ensure that the House of Lords “commands legitimacy”.

The House of Lords is now the world’s second largest legislative body after China’s National People’s Congress.

Some of the new peers

Conservative appointments include:

Rt Hon William Hague – former MP for Richmond and former Foreign Secretary (R) Rt Hon Douglas Hogg QC – former MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham and held several ministerial roles (C) Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE – former MP for South Cambridgeshire and former Cabinet Minister (R)

Labour appointments include:

Rt Hon Tessa Jowell DBE – former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former Cabinet Minister (L) Rt Hon Alistair Darling – former MP for Edinburgh South West and former Cabinet Minister (C) Hon David Blunkett – former MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and former Cabinet Minister (R)

Liberal Democrat appointments include:

Rt Hon Sir Menzies ‘Ming’ Campbell CH, CBE, QC – former MP for North East Fife and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats (L) Lynne Featherstone – former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and held several ministerial positions (C) Sir Malcolm Bruce – former MP for Gordon, and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats (R)

2 thoughts on “Boris Johnson: Cut House of Lords to 400 peers with ‘Dignitas style euthanasia’ plan”

  1. In the USA there are 100 members of their Upper House. On a pro-rata basis and given the population of the UK we should have 17 members.

  2. zero marks for taste, are you a wisdom denier? Rather a nonogenarion peer than Russell Bland and his ilk. Leave well enough alone

    What problem are you trying to solve?

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