Tag Archive for cross-bench peers

Government defeats

Lord Norton

As Lord Knight has reported – and indeed as have several newspapers today – the Government suffered a significant defeat last night on the Police and Social Responsibility Bill.  This was the second defeat in two days.  The previous day, it lost an important amendment on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill.  These bring to 16 the…

The weekly quiz – cross-bench peers

Lord Norton

This week’s quiz relates to peers who sit on the cross-benches, that is, peers with no party whip.  They presently number almost two-hundred, have a convenor (Baroness d’Souza) and constitute the only grouping in the House with its own website.  Their number has increased in recent years with the nominations made by the independent appointments commission,…

Northern Ireland Bill

Lord Norton

The Northern Ireland Bill, designed to assist the devolution process in the province, completed its remaining stages in the Lords yesterday.    There were two noteworthy features. The first was that the Government was keen to see it passed as quickly as possible, hence its expedited passage.  The Govermment argued that it was necessary to get…

Adding value

Lord Norton

What have the Rt Rev. John Charles, Bishop of Lincoln, and Eliza Manningham-Buller, former head of MI5, got in common?  Answer: They were both introduced into the House of Lords today.   The Bishop joins the House by reason of seniority, replacing a retiring Bishop.  Baroness Manningham-Buller is, as far as I am aware, the first former head…