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Explain two strengths of the House of Lords.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Explain two strengths of the House of Lords. [10] The House of Lords has a number of important strengths. First, there is a much lower level of party discipline in the House, leading to better quality debates. Members of the Lords do not have to seek re-election and are therefore not constrained by the same populist considerations as MPs. The House of Lords is able to devote a lot of time to committee work, and its less partisan nature facilitates highly deliberative and detailed scrutiny of government activities. There are whips in the Lords but they work more on persuasion and informing Lords rather than having any political threat. ...read more.

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The most independent of Lords are the Crossbench Peers, of which there are currently 175. Crossbench Peers are non-party political and by tradition sit on the benches that cross the chamber of the House of Lords. They do not adopt partisan policies, but rather speak and vote as individuals. An example of a crossbench peer is Lord Trees, who brings knowledge about veterinary issues. Secondly, members of the Lords bring a wealth of experience with them and the processes of deliberation and scrutiny benefit from this. Appointed members produce a highly valuable and effective cross section of British life including the experts in their field. ...read more.

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Many feel inadequately qualified for debates they are unsure of. The Lords tends to have more time to consider in greater detail the content of legislation and policy, thus ensuring that fuller consideration is given. The Lords also bring a wealth of experience on religious matters. Although the Church of England has 26 members in the Lords, such as Bishop Libby Lane, the other religions are also represented too, such as the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks. This ensures that the Lords can bring knowledge from all walks of life that politicians do not have. To conclude, although the House of Lords has many drawbacks, these key strengths are evidence that it is an effective second chamber. ...read more.

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