Wayne David, Labour’s Constitutional Reform spokesperson, has said in the House of Commons that the ‘revitalisation of our democracy’ must be a priority.
In a debate on the future of the House of Lords, Wayne David criticised the Government for “only being interested in” curbing the influence of the Lords when it “challenged” the Government. What was needed, said Mr David, was a new injection of purpose and enthusiasm into our democratic processes and part of that meant a radical reform of the House of Lords.
Wayne David argued that lessons had to be learnt from the past and that a high degree of consensus should be sought between all political parties. It was also essential, said Wayne David, that there be a People’s Constitutional Convention convened to consider how best to bring about such reforms to the Lords.
In his speech Mr David said that one possibility was the creation of a second chamber – or Senate – which consisted of representatives of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the regions and localities of England.
Wayne David said, “We must not believe that there can be a top down approach towards political reform. We must not believe that we are the repository of all knowledge on these matters. The people of our country need to be fully engaged in the debate about democratic renewal. That is why there needs to be a People’s Constitutional Convention”.