Labour leader Ed Miliband plans to replace the House of Lords with an elected senate if the party wins the general election. Miliband believes the Upper House does not represent large parts of the British population.
“We will make the second chamber of Parliament truly a senate of the regions and nations of our whole country,” Miliband announced at the Labour Party’s North West regional conference in Blackpool on Saturday.
According to the proposal, the Upper House would examine legislation proposed by the House of Commons just like it does now. However, Miliband wants the new chamber to be based on representation of the regions and the four nations of the United Kingdom. This would take place on a regional basis and see the senate taking on a specific, defined, separate role from the Commons.