This last two days we’ve been meeting in the Chamber 15 minutes early to accommodate the influx of new peers. Why we continue to have new people joining us when one of the key issues is how to reduce the size of the Chamber is something of a puzzle but they keep coming! The six new peers are all clearly party appointments intended to do regular work, certainly they come from a cross section of interesting backgrounds, they demonstrate the growing diversity of the Lords. On Monday Floella Benjamin, the children’s presenter and campaigner for children rights arrived for the Lib Dems, increasing our African Carribbean contingency; Jack McConnell, formerly Scottish First Minister came in for Labour and Roy Kennedy, formerly party organiser for the Labour party arrived as Lord Kennedy of Southwark. Tuesday we welcomed Lord German from the Lib Dems in Wales, who took the oath in beautifully resonant Welsh and English too, Baroness Hussein-Ece (pronounced Edger) from the British Turkish Cypriot community who took her oath on the Koran, covering her head briefly for that part of the ceremony and finally Baroness Ritchie of Brompton, a conservative councillor from west London. My main thought as they arrived was ‘Thank Goodness they don’t a seat on the cross benches’ Still, new faces and new ideas are always welcome, I’ll be looking out to see how they fare.