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Lords Oppose Reforming UK Upper House

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TEHRAN, June 1 (ICANA) – A new survey has found that almost 80 percent of the British members of the House of Lords are opposed to introducing changes to the way they are elected.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:42:09 PM
Lords Oppose Reforming UK Upper House

The survey carried out for The Times newspaper said a constitutional crisis would be created inside the UK political system if Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg make an attempt to forcibly implement plans for a new elected Senate.

According to the survey, some 80 percent of peers oppose introducing a wholly or mainly elected upper chamber.

This is while that the policy to introduce such changes was in the manifestos of all three major parties in the UK, British media reported.

Almost three-quarters of the Lords also believe it would be unconstitutional for cabinet ministers to use the Parliament Act to push through such proposals.

One of the pledges the coalition government made when it came to power in May 2010 general elections, was to create an elected House of Lords by 2015.

The coalition even threatened to overcome objections with the rarely-used mechanism that allows MPs to pass legislation without peers' consent.

However, research into the issue highlights hostility to the move across the political spectrum -- including among Liberal Democrats.

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