Labor could abolish the House of Lords and replace it with an Assembly of Regions and Nations, says report
- The party is considering a major overhaul of our system if it wins the next general election
- The economic powers of the House of Lords would be vested in the Councils of Nations
- The review is led by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the request of Keir Starmer
Labor is considering abolishing the House of Lords if it wins the next election, a leaked report has revealed.
A constitutional review led by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recommended replacing the Upper House with a new Assembly of Regions and Nations, it was learned last night.
Mr Brown was asked to undertake the review – which was seen by MPs and shadow cabinet members – by Sir Keir Starmer in September 2021.
The Labor leader promised at the time that it would be ‘the boldest project Labor has embarked on in a generation’. Under the plans, the economic powers of the House of Lords would be devolved and new independent councils of nations would be created, The Guardian reported.
Gordon Brown reportedly recommended replacing the Upper House with a new Assembly of Regions and Nations
Mr Brown also suggested giving new taxing powers – potentially including stamp duty – to some devolved governments, allowing mayors to control funding for education, transport and research, and letting populations local governments to promote bills in Parliament through elected bodies.
The measures are believed to have been intensely debated within the Labor Party, with some shadow cabinet ministers expressing concerns about the sweeping proposals.
They are unlikely to be agreed in time for the party conference, which begins on Sunday.
Mr Brown has also proposed an initiative to improve standards in central government, with a jury of ordinary people who could adjudicate complaints against MPs.
Under the proposals, a new Integrity and Ethics Commission would be set up and second jobs would be banned – a move Sir Keir has already announced.
A Labor spokesperson said: ‘This refers to one of many early drafts. The commission has yet to decide on all these issues.