Labour makes huge move with 'mandatory retirement age' brought in

Sir Keir Starmer Enters Downing Street as Britain's New Prime Minister in London
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The Labour government is poised to introduce a 'mandatory retirement age' as part of its sweeping reforms aimed at reshaping UK politics.

Following a resounding victory that saw Keir Starmer's Labour party triumph over Rishi Sunak's Conservatives, the focus now shifts to Labour's governance and policy impacts.

With the formation of the new Labour government underway, scrutiny is being directed towards the policies set out in their manifesto, particularly those concerning the UK's legislative bodies.

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Hidden within the pages of Labour's manifesto is a commitment to overhaul the House of Lords, which includes unelected members who play a crucial role in the law-making process after bills pass through the House of Commons and before receiving Royal Assent from King Charles.

Labour has pledged an 'immediate modernisation' of the House of Lords, proposing a 'mandatory retirement age' for peers, reports the Express.

Under this reform, Lords members would be compelled to retire upon reaching the age of 80. Additionally, the practice of hereditary peers - those who gain their position through inheritance - will come to an end.

Labour's manifesto explicitly states: "The next Labour government will therefore bring about an immediate modernisation, by introducing legislation to remove the right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords."

It further declares: "Labour will also introduce a mandatory retirement age. At the end of the Parliament in which a member reaches 80 years of age, they will be required to retire from the House of Lords."

In all other professions, the retirement age is set to remain the same, with the Labour party pledging to uphold the Triple Lock on pensions. The Party also intends to implement new standards for House of Lords members to establish a procedure for the ejection of 'disgraced' peers.

It was quoted in their statement: "Labour will ensure all peers meet the high standards the public expect of them, and we will introduce a new participation requirement as well as strengthening the circumstances in which disgraced members can be removed. We will reform the appointments process to ensure the quality of new appointments and will seek to improve the national and regional balance of the second chamber."

Ultimately, providing an indication of their long-term plans, Labour's manifesto stipulates that they intend to eventually abolish the House of Lords. The statement proceeds to note: "Labour is committed to replacing the House of Lords with an alternative second chamber that is more representative of the regions and nations. Labour will consult on proposals, seeking the input of the British public on how politics can best serve them."

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