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Lord Walton of Detchant

Lord Norton

The House has just lost one of its oldest, but also one of its most active, members in Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died at the age of 93.  He was a regular attender and speaker until a few weeks ago, when he was taken ill.  He was professor of neurology at Newcastle University…

Strathclyde Review under scrutiny…

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At the end of last year, Lord Strathclyde, the former Leader of the House, of Lords, undertook a review, at the behest of the Prime Minister, of how the House deals with secondary legislation.  The review was prompted by the House not approving (though it did not reject) the tax credit regulations.  The review was published in December. …

Fifty years of service

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  In a recent post on Lords of the Blog, I drew attention to the impending retirement of three women peers.  They included Baroness Knight of Collingtree, who before entering the Lords had, as Jill Knight, been MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.  Yesterday, I attended a lunch to mark her fifty years in Parliament.  For almost eighteen of those…

Avoiding the issue…

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During debate in the Lords yesterday, the Government attracted criticism, not least from me, for its failure to distinguish what Lord Sewel said at the despatch box in 1998 from what has developed as the Sewel convention.  I have written about the verbal gymnastics of the minister in a post on my own blog. What…

Retiring peers

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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,…