Tag Archive for Lord Longford

'The most unsnobbish Club'

Lord Norton

In my previous post, I referred to the late Lord Longford’s A History of the House of Lords.  In it, he refers to the post-war House and the work of the then Marquess of Salisbury, a Conservative Cabinet minister in the 1950s and an advocate of reform of the House; his pressure was probably responsible…

Earl Russell and bigamy

Lord Norton

In an earlier post, I recounted the last occasion a member of the Lords had been tried by his peers (Lord de Clifford in 1935).  I mentioned that 86 peers opted to serve in hearing the case, compared with 500 who had sat to hear the case against Earl Russell in 1901 when he was…