Greens bound for the Lords

The House of Lords should gain around seven new Green Party peers, if the government keeps its promise to make it more reflective of the national vote.

The Green Party of England and Wales is expecting to see around seven of its members become peers.

A draft bill on Lords reform is due by the end of May, but will not enter force for some time. In the interim period, the government has pledged to make the chamber more reflective of the national vote – hence the Greens’ preparations.

An internal election for ten prospective peers ended on 31 March, with London Assembly member Jenny Jones, judicial review barrister Emma Dixon and transport campaigner Professor John Whitelegg leading the field. Philosopher and Norwich councillor Dr Rupert Read also made the cut.

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