Monday, 25 April 2011
MUSLIM CLERICS IN LORDS
ABOVE: David Cameron wants Muslim clerics to sit beside bishops
David Cameron wants Muslim clerics to sit beside bishops
DAVID Cameron wants Muslim clerics to sit beside bishops in the House of Lords.
Proposals for a spiritual shake-up of the chamber have come from the Conservative Christian Fellowship who say Britain would benefit from a “multi-faith” set-up on the benches.
David Cameron is said to have thrown his weight behind the plan, which also involves slashing the number of peers from 792 to 500.
A Tory insider said: “Imams in the Lords may provoke outrage in some. But Britain is not just a Christian nation, so it is only logical.
“There are already Catholic, Muslim and Jewish peers in the Lords. This is just an extension of that.”
The plans have created another rift in the Coalition government.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is drawing up a bill expected to contain proposals to boot out hundreds of House of Lords peers – including Anglican bishops.
The last reforms to the Lords were in 1999.