West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper challenged Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, over the Government’s refusal to give the British people a say on reform of the House of Lords by holding a referendum.
MP Rosie raised the question during Question Time in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12 July following the announcement by the Government that they propose to make the House of Lords an elected chamber with people serving 15 year terms.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“During the House of Lords Reform debate the day before I asked my question Nick Clegg had said ‘Surely it is simply time to trust the British people.’ It seems that he just doesn’t trust the British people enough to ask them their views on whether the House of Lords should be reformed. And if they say yes what that reform should be.
“This is the Government that has held referenda on the voting system we use, on whether cities and towns should have Mayors but is not prepared to have one House of Lords reform. There is a real inconsistency about how and when they seek the views of the British people. This is a major constitutional change they are introducing yet Cameron and Clegg don’t trust the British people enough to ask for their opinions and then listen to their views. Further evidence of an out of touch, arrogant Conservative-led Coalition.”