ALTHOUGH I am not a Labour Party supporter, Rebecca Long Bailey’s proposal to abolish the House of Lords was something I have wanted to hear for a long time.

Successive governments here promised to reform the House of Lords but with about 900 members and counting, the place has become a costly retirement home for party cronies, wealthy donors and clapped out ex-MPs and civil servants (not forgetting, alarmingly in this day and age, hereditary peers).

How can this country preach democracy to others when we have this bunch of unelected individuals influencing legislation?

Instead of having this expensive talking shop of noble lords, let’s sack the lot, save the taxpayers a small fortune, and at last, claim to be a genuine democracy.

Michael Strong, Bishop Auckland.