New Lord Speaker backs 'vigorously' cutting the number of peers

New Lord Speaker backs 'vigorously' cutting the number of peers by 200 to match the House of Commons as he demands 'face-to-face' talks with Boris Johnson on shaking up Parliament New Lord Speaker Lord McFall backed reducing number of peers in Parliament  Said House of Lords should be 'vigorously continuing' efforts to reduce numbers Lord McFall demanded 'face-to-face' meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss plan

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 16:29 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 22:28 BST, 3 May 2021

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The new Lord Speaker has called for the number of peers to be 'vigorously' reduced as he demanded a 'face to face' meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss plans to shake up Parliament. 

Lord McFall, who has just taken over the role from Lord Fowler, said the upper chamber should be continuing to look at shrinking to the size of the House of Commons. 

At the moment there are approximately 800 peers compared to 650 MPs in the Commons. 

There are long-running efforts to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and Lord McFall said the House of Lords should have 'no more' members than the Commons. 

Lord McFall said he wanted to meet with Mr Johnson to discuss the need for reform 'eye to eye'.          

Lord McFall, the new Lord Speaker, said the upper chamber should be continuing to look at shrinking to the size of the House of Commons

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