Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove & Portslade, has signed Early Day Motion 88 which calls for the House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) Bill to be reintroduced during the current parliamentary session.
This bill, if passed, would enable members of the House of Lords to retire or, in the event of criminal convictions or inadequate attendance, be forced to withdraw their membership from the Lords.
Currently, the House of Lords does not have the power to permanently dismiss members as part of disciplinary procedures. The Lords can only suspend members for a finite period.
Commenting, Mike said: “This bill represents a logical and sensible reform. Not only would the proposed legislation give peers greater flexibility should they wish to pursue other interests, but it would also ensure greater accountability by allowing for the removal of any members whose actions make it inappropriate for them to retain their seats in the House of Lords. I hope that this bill is reintroduced without further delay.”