By Tim Montgomerie
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Throughout next week ConservativeHome will be running ten articles on House of Lords reform. In preparation for that focus we are running a special survey. We want your views on whether the Lords should become a mainly or fully elected chamber. We also want to know whether you agree or disagree with the following statements:
- An unelected House of Lords is indefensible in the 21st century.
- The Tory and Lib Dem manifestoes promised to introduce elections to the Lords and it is important to deliver on those promises.
- An elected House of Lords may be a good idea but the public would rather the Coalition focused on bread and butter issues, like tax, crime and the NHS.
- The Lords often does a better job at scrutinising legislation than MPs and it should be left as it is.
- Rather than being changed completely the Lords should be improved. For example, the number of peers should be reduced and peers who go to jail should be ejected from the House.
- If the Lords becomes elected it will be more legitimate and the stature of the House of Commons will decline.
- If the Lords is elected by proportional representation the Liberal Democrats will enjoy an almost permanent balance of power in British politics.
- If the Lords has to be elected it should be via proportional representation or AV.
- Party leaders are ruining the Lords by filling it with their cronies.
- An elected Lords would inevitably have more power.
- Church of England Bishops should remain part of the House of Lords.
- The House of Lords should be scrapped completely.
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