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second chamber

Politics the upper house of a bicameral legislative assembly
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The second chamber is a safety valve to prevent governments exercising unfettered power.
So far as the Westminster second chamber is concerned, Mr Hain says members should be elected on the same day as MPs: "In fact, I don't think there should be an extra ballot paper.
If we must have a second chamber as a revising check on the MPs, then it has to be elected.
Since being in the second chamber, I've met and listened to many wise and experienced people from all walks of life.
Ireland is the only small country in Europe with a second chamber.
There is, however, one scenario where there is an argument for a second chamber.
Senior Liberal Democrat peer John Shipley, a former leader of Newcastle City Council, confirmed his readiness to stand after the Government yesterday set out plans to overhaul the second chamber.
Summary: The Government is reportedly planning to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a wholly elected 300-seat second chamber.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan aims to win an overall majority in the House of Councillors in this summer's election for the second chamber, following its landslide victory in the 2009 general election for the more powerful House of Representatives.
Reform of the Lords has been an issue for more than a century, but the House of Commons has set out what sort of second chamber it wants, either wholly elected or with 80 per cent elected and 20 per cent nominated.
CITIES around the UK should be invited to bid to host the new second chamber of Parliament after the completion of House of Lords reform, a close ally of Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.