How to reform the House of Lords

Institutional change done right
31st March, 2024

The Labour Party have promised to reform the UK House of Lords if elected this year.

Lords reform seems like an unimportant issue. Few people care deeply about it. But the appointed Lords are often the last line of defence against bad laws passed by the elected Commons. Many Lords have expertise in some area — a science, an industry — which makes them better at scrutinizing legislation than overworked or uninterested MPs.

Even so, I agree that the House of Lords needs to change:

How, then, to reform the Lords?

Below are my suggestions for Sir Keir Starmer, who will almost certainly be Prime Minister by the end of the year.

Good reforms would:

With that in mind, I propose to:

I eagerly anticipate a job offer from Sir Keir Starmer, to implement these reforms as quickly as possible.