#LordsReform - It's time for a #CitizensHouse

queen-elizabeth-ii-attends-the-state-opening-of-parliament-495538685-58b71796d496b.jpgarrow2.jpgCitizens' Parliament

The vast majority of people want the House of Lords reformed. So do we. We want to replace the House of Lords with a House of Citizens.

We want the House of Lords to be replaced with a representative, random sample of 650 everyday people - people just like you and me.

>>> If you also want a Citizens' House in Parliament, then please join us and sign our manifesto now.

In a Citizens' House selected using sortition (random selection) half the people would be women, and half men. Some of them would be young, and some old. There would be one from every corner of the country, and their educational levels would also match the census data. In short, it would be a mirror of our society.

These people would serve two year terms (with one quarter of them rotating out every six months) and be paid twice the average full-time UK wage. They would have the same powers as the current House of Lords. During their term they would deliberate in a respectful setting, with expert facilitation and access to balanced information, and pass public judgement on all legislation. These people would not be constrained by the electoral or media cycles, and would act in the long-term interests of our country.

Why a Citizens' House in Parliament? Because assemblies like this have been shown to work. Because people trust the decisions they come to. Because they come to the decisions that we all would come to if we had access to balanced information and the time to deliberate on the options together with a diverse group of people. Because the many are smarter than the few, and these people are free from the constraints imposed on today's politicians. Find out more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Who else wants a House of Citizens?

Mary Beard and Arron Banks want to "draw the House of Lords by lot because it works perfectly well for juries."

Stephen Fry thinks selecting MPs by lottery would be "a brilliant idea."

Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd got "incredibly enthused" by sortition and deliberative democracy and think it is a way to bring political change forward.

Anthony Barnett (founder of openDemocracy) wants a Citizens' House as well.

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