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Your views on a new Lords name
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The government is looking for ideas for renaming the Lords
The government is planning to reform the House of Lords, with at least some members being elected.

One of the proposals put forward by Commons leader Jack Straw is a change of name - and using "the Reformed Chamber" until something more permanent is devised.

We asked if you could think of anything more interesting or appropriate.

We have had hundreds of suggestions - and it is clear that by far the biggest response was to keep the old name intact.

Devron Graham, from Kingston, Jamaica, spoke for many when he said: "The House of Lords should remain exactly that. It should be there to keep the Commons in check.

"The gilded chamber must return to its former glory. Forever the House of Lords."

'Something comforting'

Lola J, from London, added: "What do people need to change the name for? The House of Lords is the House of Lords, and I like the idea of them being called Lords while they sit."

Fletcher Catron, from Sante Fe, in the US, agreed: "Though this may sound strange from a US citizen, there has always been something comforting about the permanence of your House of Lords.

The name of the house is unimportant as it has no effect on its powers
Matthew Woor, Ipswich

"I would be sorry to see it change greatly."

Ben Borowiecki, from London, thinks the renaming plan is misdirected.

He wrote: "The tradition of the name The House of Lords is something to hold on to...

"If anything we should change the name of the House of Commons. The use of the word 'commoners' is surely much more pressing than that of Lords."

Matthew Woor, from Ipswich, wrote: "The name of the house is unimportant as it has no effect on its powers.

"House of Lords is perfectly acceptable."

Another popular option was to emulate the US - not to mention ancient Rome - and rebrand the Lords as the Senate.

'Last resort'

Bryan Lewin, from London, said "Call it the Senate. And have every member elected.

"In a 21st-century democracy there is no room for appointed members of a legislative body. All members should be elected."

Stephen Clark, from York, said: "What we should do is chuck everyone out, rename it either the Upper House or Senate and then call elections for it immediately."

Gewnhwyfaer, from Sheffield, would go further: "Maybe we should rename both of them [Houses of Parliament]; after all, in this modern "classless" society, Commons is as archaic a notion as Lords.

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"I suggest The House of Ill Repute and The House of Last Resort respectively."

Dan Dennis, from Edinburgh, wanted to reflect the role the Lords has in scrutinising and amending Commons bills by renaming it "the revising chamber".

Nathan Kirkwood, also from Edinburgh, felt similarly: "The House of Revision maybe? It depends on what the primary role of the upper house will be.

"Please not the Senate. Let's keep our distinct political system."

Steve Griffiths, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, thinks the name does not matter as much as the work done by the second chamber.

House of Peers

He wrote: "Call it anything but have it 100% elected to rid us of political patronage and also sort out party funding to avoid further dubious practices."

House of Peers was chosen by some readers for various reasons.

Shannon D, from Knoxville, in the US, said that "'Lords' implies 'nobility' and we all know that politicians in any country are anything but noble most of the time."

Tim Wilson, from Oxford, argued: "The house of peers seems eminently suitable, as they will presumably be our peers."

Mr Straw's involvement in the reform plans prompted Chris Sewell, from Wigan, to pay tribute: "The house that Jack built."

Several others suggested marking his involvement by calling it the "House of Straw".

While the biggest call was for the retention of the House of Lords title, followed by the overseas-inspired Senate, Patrick, from Leeds, looked for inspiration close to home - but a long time ago.

He suggested the title "Witan", or "Witangemot", named after the regular gathering of "wise men" - or at least powerful figures - in Anglo-Saxon England.

This body was said to challenge and limit the powers of over-mighty monarchs. Will the reformed Lords, whatever its name, be able to do the same to the Commons?


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