|The following campaign is completely consistent with Green Party policy on Public administration and government ( http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/pa )
The Governments proposals to reform the House of Lords will preserve and entrench the influence of unaccountable representatives of the Church of England in our Parliament.
At present, the Church of England is granted privileged access to our Parliament. Anglican Bishops sit alongside Peers in the House of Lords, they have the right to vote and debate, they influence our national way of life. They acquired this right solely by virtue of their religion, their gender and their position in the hierarchy of one particular denomination of one particular Church. They are unaccountable to the public.
We want fair reform of the House of Lords which does not afford privilege to any special interest group.
We urge the Government to remove the automatic right of Bishops to sit there.
None of the arguments for keeping Bishops makes sense, and keeping them is unpopular with the public. At a time of general reform, we possess a once in a generation opportunity to remove this archaic and unjust aspect of our political system.
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The key messages of the campaign (that the current situation is unfair, unjustified and unpopular) can be seen in more detail here: