Sir Keir Starmer has reportedly told Labour peers he would abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a second elected chamber to ‘restore trust in politics’ and prevent governments from handing peerages to ‘lackeys and donors’.
He is understood to be planning a complete overhaul of the make-up of the chamber, but retain its purpose of amending and questioning laws being made by the Commons.
This includes stopping politicians from appointing peers to the house within the first term of a Labour government, The Observer reports.
The current House of Lords is significantly larger than the Commons and is almost entirely appointed by the King on behalf of MPs.
Starmer plans to hold a consultation on what the new chamber should look like, providing final proposals in the next Labour manifesto.
It is said to be part of a wider plan to try and rebuild public trust in political systems and individuals.
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