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In another thoughtful article Bill Jamieson (Perspective, 30 July) urges reform of the House of Lords. What we do need is a revising chamber, independent of the political parties that dominate the Commons.

There is a draft bill suggesting the reformed upper house be 80 per cent elected as it would have legislative powers. The last thing we need is an elected legislating house competing with the Commons and claiming to represent voters’ interests.

If the reformed House of Lords is to have real value it must be independent, representing the views of various areas and experiences throughout the UK. The problem is how to choose such a house.

One example to consider would be Ireland. Their upper house, the Senate, is not elected. Each member represents an occupational constituency chosen by various parts of Ireland’s activities and interests.

Donald Hardie

Humbie, East Lothian

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