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Boris Johnson considering moving House of Lords out of London permanently

Boris Johnson is planning to move the House of Lords permanently to the north of England, a report has claimed.

The Prime Minister is reportedly plotting the move to send peers out of London as part of a raft of constitutional reforms, the Sunday Times has reported .

The plans would also allegedly see MPs hold sessions outside of London.

A number of cities are supposed to be in contention to host the UK’s revising chamber.

York is reportedly the frontrunner with disused government-owned land close to the railway station has been identified as a “prime site”.

Birmingham is also supposedly being considered.

The Houses of Parliament are undergoing a major £3.5 billion restoration.

The current plans would see the 800 members of the House Of Lords move to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London – but the reported plans would be substantially more radical.

James Cleverly confirmed the government is looking at the scheme
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But serious questions would be raised if the bid did materialise – with travel between York and London taking three-hours by train.

Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly speaking on Sky said the government were looking “a whole range of ways of connecting people with politics”.

“It is one of a range of things we are looking into. It is about demonstrating to people that we are going to do things differently,” he added.

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A Number 10 source told the Sunday Times: “This will serve as a strong signal that we are serious about refocusing attention and investment away from London.

“It will set an example for the rest of the public sector and, of course, businesses looking to expand beyond the M25.”

A government source told the Sunday Times: “The PM is also keen to have parliamentary sessions in the regions, be it Sunderland or Manchester, so people get a chance to feel democracy in action first hand.’

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