Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

House of Lords Is Full So Stop Creating Peers, Cameron Is Told

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

House of Lords Is Full So Stop Creating Peers, Cameron Is Told

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Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter

DAVID CAMERON was today told to stop creating new peers because the House of Lords is "full".

The Prime Minister has ennobled 117 people in less than a year -- a rate of expansion described as "unsustainable" by a cross-party group of senior peers. They claimed it had created a "fractious" atmosphere as members of the Upper House compete for office space, seats in the canteen and the chance to speak in debates.

The peers also warned that plans to continue adding members in a bid to reflect last year's general election result risked leaving the Lords "completely unable" to do its job.

But government sources indicated that the Prime Minister would push ahead with plans to create more peers in line with party strength as part of a wider package of reform. The demand to "get a grip" came in a report from the independent Constitution Unit at University College London, endorsed by 13 peers. They include former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler, former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd and the convenor of the independent crossbenchers, Baroness De Souza. …

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