Boris Unleashed: Shock cities in the running to host House of Lords

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Johnson last week ordered work on the practicality of such a move as an attempt to solidify gains in Labour heartlands. A government owned plot of land, next to York’s railway station, has been identified as a potential site, and would mark the first time York has been a centre of political power since the English Civil War. Birmingham is also thought to be in the running to become the new home of the House of Lords.

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One government source said: “The York proposal is much further along.

“The PM is also keen to have parliamentary sessions in the regions, be it or Manchester, so people get a chance to feel democracy in action first hand.”

Under the plans a constitutional review will finalise the location, with an architectural design of the new building.

The House of Commons could also go on tour, holding several days of debate outside London.

politics newsBoris Johnson could move the House of Lords to York (Image: GETTY)

natalie evansNatalie Evans is leader of the House of Lords (Image: GETTY)

Under the plans to restore to the House of Parliament, peers are set to move to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in 2025 for a period of up to six years.

It is not clear how the state opening of Parliament, which sees members of the Commons summoned to the Lords, would work.

The Sunday Times reports there might be a plan to replace the unelected Lords with a chamber that is at least partially elected.

The House of Lords was historically the more powerful of the two Houses of Parliament but that distinction now lies with the Commons.

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