Today the population of the upper house will reach 796 with the introduction of Baroness Morgan of Cotes and Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park. BBC Political Research Unit journalist Daniel Kraemer said there have been 21 new members in the last six months alone, with three resignations and two deaths. He put the huge number into context by comparing it to the US’ upper and houses, which has just 535 members, despite the country having a population almost five times bigger than the UK.
Mr Kraemer wrote on Twitter: “Today the population of the House of Lords will reach 796 with the introduction of Baroness Morgan of Cotes and Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park.
“By my count, there have been 21 new members in the last six months. Also three resignations and two deaths.
“For context, the combined membership of the upper and lower houses in the USA - a country with almost 5 times the population of the UK - is 535.”
The increasing number of House of Lords members has sparked fury on social media, with the British public calling for it to be abolished because of the inflating costs.
One person wrote: “That puts the daily bill up to £238,000, (based on their reported £300 a day). This has to be stopped.
“It is not value for money. The House of Lords should be abolished. Its unnecessary and that money could be put to better use elsewhere
Another Twitter user wrote: “Seems it should be run by NHS. With the huge number of surviving old fossils. Going on forever! No altzheimers either?”
The House of Lords has come under the microscope over recent weeks, with some politicians calling for it to be completely abolished.
Last week, the SNP ramped up the calls as former Conservative Party MPs Nicky Morgan and Zac Goldsmith prepare to take their seats.
Baroness Morgan will keep her position as Culture Secretary while Lord Goldsmith will attend Cabinet as an environment and development minister.
The SNP’s Tommy Sheppard told the Daily Record in Scotland: “It’s clear that the House of Lords has no place in a modern democracy and must be abolished.
“It smacks of privilege and arrogance that two former MPs, who were either rejected by the public or resigned before they could be rejected, are being elevated to the Lords and will have a say over legislation.
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“The Tories don’t even think they need to bother standing in an election and be held to account by the public in order to keep the perks of ministerial posts.
“However, the Tories’ disdain for democracy is not just exclusive to the House of Lords – they have repeatedly ignored and disregarded Scotland’s vote and the decision of the people of Scotland to have a choice over their future as an independent country.”
She told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I do want to abolish the House of Lords and we’ll be rolling out as my campaign progresses how we intend to really shake up that constitutional package.
“There would need to be checks and balances in place, but to have a set of completely unelected people doing that I don’t think is right.”
Boris Johnson is also exploring plans to scrap the House of Lords and replace it with a second chamber to give a bigger say in Westminster to the north of England.
Senior Conservatives claim ministers are looking at the plans to make it largely elected and to give a voice to the “nations and regions”.
Lord Salisbury drew up and published a plan last year, which is now “on the desk” of Mr Johnson’s team.
The Prime Minister’s aides said scrapping the Lords was “not a priority” but acknowledged the plan was attractive.
The House of Lords will come under the spotlight again this week, with peers debating and voting on Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal.
The withdrawal agreement cleared the House of Commons last week, boosting the Prime Minister’s chances of delivering on his pledge to take the UK out of the European Union on January 31.
But he suffered a huge blow after the House of Lords admitted “serious concerns” over the withdrawal agreement.
In the report from the House of Lords European Union Committee, they stated fears the UK/EU Joint Committee lacks transparency or any potential “democratic oversight”.
The UK/EU Joint Committee has the ability to amend the withdrawal agreement unilaterally while decisions emanating from the group will be legally binding for the UK and the EU without any Parliamentary guidance.