Second chamber

In his sensible letter on Lords reform (22 May), Mr John Dorward had one major error.

The last thing we need in a reformed upper chamber is for it to be elected. We must have an independent chamber with no connection to the political parties of the Commons.

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Ireland is a useful example. Its Senate is not elected, and each member represents an “occupational constituency”.

Donald Hardie

Humbie, East Lothian