November 26, 2020

House of Lords ‘could move to York or Birmingham’ – Tory chairman

The government is examining whether to move the House of Lords out of London, the Conservative Party chairman has said.

James Cleverly told Sky News the idea was among a “range of options” being considered to “reconnect” politics with voters outside the capital.

According to the Sunday Times, York and Birmingham have emerged as contenders to permanently host the upper chamber.

But Labour MP Nadia Whittome described the idea as “superficial”.

According to the newspaper, a decision on whether to relocate the chamber will be determined as part of a constitutional review being launched in the spring.

It reported that disused land near York railway station has been identified as a possible site to host the chamber, which houses 795 peers.

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The House of Lords is already due to temporarily relocate out of the Palace of Westminster as part of refurbishment plans due to begin in around 2025.

Mr Cleverly told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “It’s one of a range of things that we are looking into.

“What we are looking at is a whole range of options about making sure every part of the UK feels properly connected to politics,” he added.

“Fundamentally what this is about is demonstrating to the people that we are going to do things differently.”

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