House of Lords should get rid of peers who 'contribute little to political life'

House of Lords should get rid of peers who 'contribute little to political life' but still get £305-a-day just for turning up, Lord Speaker claims House of Lords should reduce the number of 'peers that are passengers' Lord Speaker Norman Fowler said the majority of peers are actively involved Lord Fowler is among those looking to reduce numbers of peers in the Lords 

By Jack Doyle Associate Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:02 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 08:42 GMT, 2 January 2019

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Lord Norman Fowler (pictured above) is leading efforts to dramatically reduce the membership of the Lords

Lord Norman Fowler (pictured above) is leading efforts to dramatically reduce the membership of the Lords

The House of Lords should reduce the number of peers who are 'passengers' and contribute little or nothing to politics, Norman Fowler has said.

Lord Fowler – who as Lord Speaker chairs debates in the upper house – insisted the majority of peers are actively involved.

But in scathing remarks, the former Tory cabinet minister said there were cases where new peers decided after a few days they were 'in the wrong place doing the wrong thing'.

Lord Fowler, who has been Lord Speaker for the past two years, is leading efforts to dramatically reduce the membership of the Lords.

With nearly 800 members it is the second largest legislative assembly in the world, after China's National People's Congress. Members of the Lords can claim a £305 tax-free allowance each day just for turning up – even if they do not contribute.

In an interview with The Guardian, Lord Fowler argued the lack of screening of political appointees meant some new arrivals had little idea what to do.

'You do have extraordinary cases where people have come in and after a few days they've come to the conclusion that, actually they're in the wrong place doing the wrong thing, or rather not doing the

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