The House of Lords Reform Act 2014 – a Private Member’s measure introduced by Dan Byles MP – enabled peers for the first time to retire from the House. (It also made provision for the expulsion of peers who commit serious criminal offences and removes those who fail to attend for a session.) To date, almost forty peers have made use of the provision to retire. The latest is Lord Dixon, whose retirement takes effect today. Three other members have also given notice of their retirement. Baroness Williams of Crosby – the veteran parliamentarian Shirley Williams – retires on Thursday (she has already made her valedictory speech), Baroness Linklater of Butterstone retires on Friday, and the veteran Baroness Knight of Collingtree will leave the House on 24 March. Baroness Williams and Baroness Knight have between them ninety years of parliamentary service.