Re: And the house of lords?
"Like around 75% of the population I live in a safe seat so right from the off my vote is basically worthless."
People keep coming up with this nonsense. In as far as a seat is safe it's only so because of the people who vote. If sufficient of you who aren't content with your MP actually go out and vote in elections you might effect a change (you don't say whether you voted or not but, assuming you did, I'm sure you realise that there will be a good many constituents who didn't "because it won't count").
FWIW the constituency where I live has returned MPs of all three major parties in my lifetime.