What would be the constitutional consequences of Lords reform?

Andrew Blick, 24th May 2011

The details of the government’s new proposals for House of Lords reform are certain to generate much discussion over the coming months, if not years. In the short-term, we can expect hundreds of hours of Parliamentary time to be devoted to discussing issues such as: the choice of electoral system; the balance of elected to appointed members; the timing of elections; and the length of terms of members.

But looking beyond the immediate plans, what might be the broader and longer-term democratic implications of these reforms, if they are implemented? Continue reading