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  Conservatives plan to move House of Lords out of London
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 20, 2020 03:19pm
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AuthorLaura Hughes
News DateSunday, January 19, 2020 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPlans to move the House of Lords outside of the London are under consideration as part of a drive to reform the institution that would fit with the government’s pledge to “level up” the regions.

James Cleverly, the Conservative party chairman, confirmed parliament’s second chamber — home to almost 800 appointed peers — could be relocated to York or Birmingham.

It follows the Tory government’s pledge to do more to boost economic performance in struggling towns in northern England and the midlands as the Conservatives seek to reward new-found support in areas traditionally represented by Labour.

Questioned about the plan, first reported in the Sunday Times, Mr Cleverly told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “It’s one of a range of things that we are looking into.

“It’s about demonstrating to people that we are going to do things differently. The Labour party lost millions of voters because they failed to listen.”

A wider reform of the Lords could be part of a constitutional overhaul trailed in the Conservatives’ general election manifesto. The driving force behind sweeping changes is Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief adviser.

The Palace of Westminster, which houses both the Commons and the Lords, is due to be vacated for several years from 2025, under a six-year plan to restore the historic building by the Thames.
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