Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on today’s publication of the report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform, said:
“We welcome the publication of the Joint Committee’s report on the Tory-led Government’s proposed reforms of the House of Lords. I’m heartened that they agree with Labour that major constitutional change such as this should be put to the public in a referendum, and that the powers of the revised chambers need to be clarified. It’s also right, as the report recommends, that the relationship between the Commons and any new second chamber is codified. The proposals as currently stand risk total gridlock in the way we are governed, something pro-reformers of all political colours will want to avoid.
“Labour supports a reformed House of Lords, through the creation of a wholly elected second chamber, with clearly identified powers, a relationship between both chambers which is codified and that upholds the primacy of the Commons, then put to the people in a referendum.
“We look forward to the response of the Deputy Prime Minister to today’s report, and hope he will adopt Labour’s approach to major constitutional change of seeking political consensus before proceeding further. He should also take on board the Prime Minister’s comments this morning that leave the door open for the Government to fall into line, and hold a referendum.”