Twickenham could soon have its own House of Lords if proposals by Council Leader Lord True receive approval. In a statement issued from York House, the Blue Baron said, “The bicameral approach to government works perfectly well for the United Kingdom. Taking inspiration from that system and introducing a second chamber to the government of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames would be a logical next step and one which I would be proud to take”. Lord True went on to add that if the new system proved to be successful he would consider creating a Head of State role for the borough to sit above both chambers and which would possess some executive powers. “There are several candidates that I think could be well suited to such a position,” he said, before adding, “but one name springs to mind with great regularity”.
To bring about the change, a system of honours will be introduced with local residents given ‘Borough Peerages’ enabling locals to sit in the new upper chamber and vote against legislation put forward by the existing Council. The plans are expected to come into force sometime in the future. If at all.
In fact, none of that’s actually going to happen. We promise. Or at least we sincerely hope it isn’t.
So, what is going on?
Well, it’s true that Richmond Council is launching an honours list but it’s nothing to do with a second chamber. El Brute’s “mini-honours” list, to be launched this month, is a community recognition scheme designed to give credit to people in the borough who have worked to improve the lives of others. The type of individuals the scheme is designed to reward are those who have brought credit to the borough or given outstanding service to their community either over time or in a single, exceptional event. Residents or local groups can nominate people for the award with Council Leader Lord True himself selecting the winners from a shortlist.