MP MacNeil: Labour should help us scrap Lords

Angus MacNeil MP standing with a window in the background.

Angus MacNeil MP standing with a window in the background.

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Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has called on the Labour Party to join efforts to scrap the House of Lords, as a new poll claims the overwhelming majority of Scots want to see it abolished.

The SNP has long called for the abolition of the House of Lords, which they argue is undemocratic and an institution that belongs well in the past.

As part of their call for a progressive alliance between MPs of different parties at Westminster, the SNP has called on Labour to stop sending new peers to the House of Lords, to end the practice of peers claiming a £300 a day attendance allowance, and to instead join efforts to scrap it in line with what they say are the clear wishes of the people.

A new YouGov poll has shown that 67 percent of Scots support abolishing The Lords, compared to just 16 percent who would oppose scrapping it. This follows news that the House of Lords is now the second largest parliamentary assembly in the world, following the latest round of appointments made by UK parties.

Angus MacNeil MP said:

“The SNP has not and will not send peers to the House of Lords. The unelected, undemocratic chamber is now the second largest in the world, with each peer able to claim a £300 a day attendance allowance and with no public accountability. Scottish Lords alone cost the taxpayer over £2 million a year.

“It’s time to build a progressive alliance in parliament and that’s why the SNP are calling on Labour to now join us in meaningful efforts to scrap the House of Lords.”