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Britain packs more members into overcrowded Lords

Britain packs more members into overcrowded Lords
Britain’s political leaders appointed 22 new members to the House of Lords on Friday, adding to the overcrowding in the unelected second chamber that one peer says has created ‘appalling’ working conditions.

With 774 existing members, the Lords is already bigger than the 650-seat elected House of Commons and is one of the largest parliamentary chambers in the world, thought to be second only to China’s National People’s Congress.

Betty Boothroyd, a former Speaker of the Commons who was later appointed to the Lords, complained earlier this week that there was no room for new members. ‘It is so overcrowded that there is not enough space for about two thirds of us in the chamber itself. It is appalling,’ she told the BBC. ‘There is no commercial enterprise who would put up with what we put up with here.’
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