The death of Lord Strabolgi (pronounced Strabogie) an hereditary peer who sat on the Labour benches, (see Lord N’s blog about him) has triggered a by-election within the House to elect a new hereditary peer. Usually the vote is held within party groups of hereditaries and we appointed ones don’t get to vote but this time we will because Lord Strabolgi was a Deputy Speaker. Are you following this? I honestly don’t understand the reasoning but I suppose there will be some rationale which is not immediately obvious to the likes of me. Anyway, the funny thing is we shall be using the AV alternative vote voting system to elect the new peer. Odd that half the Chamber is hoping we won’t have a referendum on such a system for the Country while presumably thinking it’s a good system for us.