Lords reform referendum call

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REFORM of the House of Lords should be subject to a referendum, a South Yorkshire MP has urged.

Denis MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham, believes coalition plans could affect the balance of power between the Houses of Commons and Lords.

Speaking in Parliament, he said: “The Prime Minister is offering a referendum to the people of the Falklands and a possible referendum on Europe and we have had a referendum on the alternative vote system, so will the Leader of the House explain why the British people are not being offered a referendum on the biggest constitutional change since 1832?”

Labour has not formally announced its position on whether a referendum should be held. The Lib Dems believe one is not necessary.