Tag Archive for Life Peerages Act 1958

What makes an effective peer?

Lord Norton

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act, and the competition to find the most outstanding peer of the past fifty years, The Yorkshire Post last month carried an article of mine on the attributes that are required to make an effective member of the House of Lords. For anyone who would like to…

Parliamentary exhibitions

Lord Norton

Two exhibitions are now on display in the Palace of Westminster. There is one in Westminster Hall to mark the 175th anniversary of Dod’s Parliamentary Companion. The Companion is an essential guide to Parliament and (especially) its members: there are a great many well-thumbed copies throughout the Palace. If a member or official cannot quite…

Outstanding life peers

Lord Norton

I have previously done a post on the fact that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act.  The House Magazine has this week launched a competition to find the most outstanding life peer of the past 50 years.  A shortlist of 12 names has been drawn up and…

Fifty years on

Lord Norton

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act 1958.  There will be various events to mark the anniversary. Before 1958, the House was comprised primarily, though not exclusively, of hereditary peers.  The exceptions were the Lords Spiritual and the law lords.  The law lords were (under an Act of…