Wayne David

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

House of Lords reform - 12 July 2012

Wayne David urges Government to work with Labour on House of Lords reform.

Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly and Labour’s spokesman for constitutional reform, has urged the Government to respond positively to Labour’s offer to work “constructively” on reform of the House of Lords.

On Tuesday evening in the House of Commons Mr David ‘summed up’ for the Opposition in the debate on House of Lords reform. He explicitly made the point that when Labour was in power it sought “consensus” with the then Opposition on all its plans for constitutional change and that the Conservative- Liberal Democrat Government ought to do the same.

Wayne David said, “Labour strongly believes in House of Lords reform – it is vital to have an elected second chamber to ensure that we have a vibrant democracy. But significant constitutional change can only come about through cross-party discussion and agreement. Progress can only be made through consensus and not conflict.

“There are worrying reports that David Cameron has said he is not prepared to talk with Labour. I hope these reports are wrong and I would urge the Prime Minister to recognise that this is not an internal Conservative Party debate, or even a debate between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. It is a debate which should be conducted between all of us. Right from the start Labour has ‘kept its door open’. Our offer of meaningful discussion with the Government is there. I hope this offer is taken up”.

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