The weekly quiz – cross-bench peers

Lord Norton

This week’s quiz covers cross-bench peers.  As usual, the first two readers to supply the correct answers will be the winners.

1. There are presently 182 cross-bench peers.  How many are former party leaders?

2. Unionist peers are no longer included in the figures for cross-bench peers.  Who are the three Democratic Unionist peers sitting in the House?

3. How many former Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police are cross-bench peers?

4. Which senior serving police officer is a cross-bench peer?

13 comments for “The weekly quiz – cross-bench peers

  1. Rob
    06/03/2010 at 1:35 pm

    1. Lord Elis-Thomas, Lord Molyneaux of Killead and Lord Owen

    2. Lord Browne of Belmont, Lord Morrow and Baroness Paisley of St George’s

    3. Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Lord Condon and Lord Imbert

    4.The Earl of Rosslyn

  2. Croft
    06/03/2010 at 1:40 pm

    1) With limited confidence 2 (Molyneaux of Killead & Elis-Thomas)

    2) Browne of Belmont, Morrow of Clogher Valley & Paisley of St George’s

    3) 3, Imbert, Condon & Stevens of Kirkwhelpington

    4) Earl of Rosslyn

  3. Chris K
    06/03/2010 at 1:48 pm

    1) One (Lord Molyneaux of Killead)

    2) Lord Browne of Belmont, Lord Morrow, Baroness Paisley of St George’s

    3) Three

    4) The Earl of Rosslyn

  4. 06/03/2010 at 3:17 pm

    1. I can only think of two: Lord Elis-Thomas (Plaid Cymru) and Lord Owen (SDP)
    2. Baroness Paisley of St George’s, Lord Morrow and Lord Browne of Belmont
    3. Three (Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Lord Condon and Lord Imbert)
    4. The Earl of Rosslyn (a Commander in the Met as Peter Loughborough)

    • 06/03/2010 at 11:24 pm

      Now I can read other people’s answers, I can see I’ve missed Lord Molyneaux of Killead from question 1!

  5. Maria Fritzsche
    06/03/2010 at 10:14 pm

    Hope I am right with:

    1. Lord Elis-Thomas (Plaid Cymru), Lord Molyneaux of Killead (Ulster Unionist Party) and Lord Owen (one of the founder of SDP – British Social Democratic Party)

    2. Baroness Paisley of St George’s , Lord Browne of Belmont and Lord Morrow

    3. Lord Condon, Lord Imbert and Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington – three

    4. The Earl of Rosslyn

    Best blessings and wishes

  6. Maria Fritzsche
    06/03/2010 at 10:17 pm

    1. Lord Elis-Thomas (Plaid Cymru), Lord Molyneaux of Killead (Ulster Unionist Party) and Lord Owen (one of the founder of SDP – British Social Democratic Party)- three

    2. Baroness Paisley of St George’s , Lord Browne of Belmont and Lord Morrow

    3. Lord Condon, Lord Imbert and Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington – three

    4. The Earl of Rosslyn

  7. FinnishCowl
    07/03/2010 at 12:25 am

    1. Two. Lord Molyneaux of Killead(UUP) and Lord Owen(SDP)
    2. Lord Morrow, Baroness Paisley of St George’s, and Lord Browne of Belmont
    3. Three. Lord Condon, Lord Imbert, and Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington.
    4. The Earl of Rosslyn

  8. FinnishCowl
    07/03/2010 at 12:31 am

    I should add that that I found no credible evidence that Lord Elis-Thomas was ever the Leader of Plaid Cymru, although he was the President of the party (but that is a separate role).

    • lordnorton
      07/03/2010 at 2:57 pm

      FinnishCowl: Until changes to the Plaid Cymru organisation in 2006, the President of Plaid Cymru was the party leader.

  9. lordnorton
    07/03/2010 at 8:10 pm

    My wording of the first two questions was deliberate. Because Unionists are no longer listed in the figures for the number of cross-bench peers (though they continue to sit on the cross-benches), I excluded Lord Molyneaux from consideration. I was looking for Lord Elis-Thomas (Plaid Cymru) and Lord Owen (SDP) as the answers to the first question. However, being the generous sort, I am willing to accept an answer that includes Lord Molyneaux as long as the other two names are included. Everyone has correctly answered all the the other questions. Lord Morrow, Lord Browne of Belmont and Baroness Paisley are the three Democratic Unionist peers. There are three former Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police sitting in the House (Lords Condon, Imbert and Stevens) and the senior police officer who is a serving peer is indeed the Earl of Rosslyn (who, as Jonathan notes, works in the Met as Peter Loughborough) – and who looks nothing like his photograph in Dod’s Parliamentary Companion!

    The two winners this week are therefore Rob – allowing his inclusion of Lord Molyneaux – and Jonathan, whose first contribution was actually the one I was looking for. A commendation to Maria Fritzsche who also contributed the correct answers.

    • 07/03/2010 at 11:49 pm

      Most of the Unionist peers are listed on the website as “Other” or “Non-affiliated”. Yet Lord Molyneaux is listed specifically as being Crossbench. I wondered if this means he has chosen to sit as a crossbencher.

      Why aren’t members of smaller parties like the DUP allowed to sit under their party banner in the Lords?

      Is Lord Rosslyn a candidate for having the “same photograph for the longest period of time”? It’s still recognisably him:
      http://bit.ly/d0DfGs

  10. antonio
    11/03/2010 at 6:36 pm

    Great post, thanks.

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