Members of the House of Lords are set to oppose reform, according to a new poll of Peers published today.
ComRes tested four key options for reform among a representative cross-section of 121 Peers:
Q1. Would you vote for or against each of the following possible reforms to the House of Lords?
Replacing the current House with around 300 new senators elected by PR
• 67% of Lib Dem Peers would vote for this option, but only 13% of Labour Peers and 7% of Conservatives would
A hybrid of one-third election, one-third appointment from civil society, and one-third political nomination
• There is fairly uniform opposition among Peers of all parties – 83% of Conservatives, 78% of Labour, and 72% of Lib Dem Peers would vote against
A Secondary Mandate system where the aggregated distribution of votes cast at General Election leads to each party being allocated a proportion of Lords seats from a closed list
• Conservatives are keenest on this option but even here only 16% would vote for it, compared to 6% of Lib Dems and 2% of Labour Peers
A change of name to ‘Senate’
• 55% of Lib Dems would vote for this, compared to 37% of Labour Peers and just 9% of Conservatives
Q2. In your opinion, how likely or unlikely is it that major House of Lords reform will be passed during the current Parliament?
Very likely 5%
Fairly likely 17%
Fairly unlikely 58%
Very unlikely 20%
• 55% of Lib Dem Peers, 81% of Labour Peers and 86% of Conservative Peers think reform ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ unlikely
Methodology: ComRes surveyed a representative cross-section of 121 Peers by self-completion questionnaire between 14 January and 7 February 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of the House of Lords in terms of party.