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House of Lords needs to be representative

I reckon that 24 of the 820 members of the House of Lords are from Northern Ireland. Ten sit as crossbenchers, eight as unionists, four as Conservatives and one each on the Labour and Liberal benches.

Lords Hutton, Carswell, Kerr and Baroness O'Loan have a background in the law. Lords Rogan, Rana and Ballyedmond have a background in business.

Baroness Blood has a background in charity work; Lord Bew in education and Lord Eames in the Church. Lord Glentoran and Viscount Brookeborough are hereditary peers. The rest are politicians. The oldest is 92 and the youngest 57. Only three are women.

Surely it is time to elect a more representative sample of our society to this House?

MAURICE NEILL

Bangor, Co Down

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