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House of Lords
The Second Chamber of Parliament
House of Lords

The House of Lords is the upper house of the UK Parliament. It is independent from the House of Commons (the lower house) and plays a significant role in proposing amendments to new legislation and challenging the actions of the government,


Membership of the House of Lords is not democratically elected but attained by inheritance (by appointment or through positions within the Church of England (26 senior bishops have the right to sit in the House of Lords). The majority of members are life peers who are appointed by the Monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Lords Reform remains unfinished business. In 1911 Parliament committed itself to replacing the House with a "a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of hereditary basis". A century on, and we’re still waiting.

What's the problem?

We believe that there is no place in a modern democratic system for an unelected second chamber. Members of the current House of Lords have real power, over policies and legislation, but they are not elected by the people who have to live by those laws.

We welcome the pledge from the coalition government to introduce a proportional system for electing a reformed upper house but already the anti-reform forces are mobilising so we will be campaigning to ensure that this important chance is not missed.

What now?

Find out more about our campaign to reform the House of Lords.

Recent News
23rd July 2014
This is a guest post by Craig Lawton, chairman of Swansea West Conservatives. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   A few weeks ago, while the majority of the population (or at least the majority of those that […]
17th July 2014
As the dust settles on the Government reshuffle, you would be forgiven for thinking that the genders are now fairly represented on the front benches.   Nothing could be further from the truth.   Despite this week’s high-profile promotions, the Prime Minister has failed to meet his pledge that by the end of this parliament a […]
9th July 2014
There’s a crisis of confidence in politics, which cannot be allowed to continue. After countless scandals and inquiries, people are left thinking that politics isn’t working for them. The Hansard Society’s audit of political engagement found that ‘voters are disgruntled, disillusioned, and disengaged’. Low-turn out, falling levels of trust, and dramatically declining levels of party […]