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Would an elected House of Lords be bad for British democracy?

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On 23 November 2010 a special debate was held on the future of the House of Lords.

Organised by Intelligence Squared, the motion under debate was: "An elected House of Lords will be bad for British democracy".

Speaking for the motion were Vernon Bogdanor, Shami Chakrabarti and Simon Jenkins, with Lord Adonis, Polly Toynbee and Billy Bragg speaking against.

The debate was initiated in collaboration with the Crossbench peers, who have called for more public involvement in the debate over future reform of the House of Lords.

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