Joe Biden should NOT feel too old, says Starmer despite calling for 80-year-old politicians to retire

Joe Biden should not feel he is too old to be president of the United States because he is past the age at which the British government wants peers to retire, Sir Keir Starmer has suggested.

The Government plans to introduce new measures to force peers to retire at the age of 80 in the House of Lords in a bid to reduce the size of the chamber.

Ahead of Starmer’s meeting with Biden at a NATO summit in Washington later on Wednesday, the prime minister was asked if this policy meant Biden – who is 81 – should also retire from public office.

Starmer told GB News and a group of reporters en route to Washington: “In terms of age in the House of Lords, the simple fact is that our House of Lords is huge. It is the second largest political chamber in the world.

Sir Keir Starmer spoke to journalists ahead of the NATO summit


“I think only the Chinese have a bigger political chamber than our House of Lords, we have to reduce it.

“That’s the primary driver behind the retirement at 80. You can see why it has to be done. We have 800 plus members of the House of Lords, it’s just too big. We have to reduce it.

“So it doesn’t reflect how other elected officials are elected in other countries, it has to do with the size of the House of Lords.”

Asked what he will discuss with Biden, he said: “I’ve already had a phone call with President Biden. I want to follow that up, obviously this is a very special relationship we have between the UK and the US.

“We have, within that, a special aspect when it comes to defense and security for obvious reasons including our commitment to NATO.

“We are making a unique contribution in Europe to NATO and so it is a very good opportunity for me to talk to the president about how we take the important work forward at this summit.”

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