Tag Archive for new peers

Just Deserts?

Lord Tyler

Over the weekend, a number of Conservative and Labour parliamentarians, from both ends of the building, were moaning and groaning about the arrival of 22 new Peers. Some were complaining that Conservative Party donors were included; some were querying whether Liberal Democrat activists were sufficiently august; some were griping that there were insufficient numbers of…

Voting behaviour in the House

Lord Norton

There was a vote in the House on Wednesday on an amendment to the Identity Documents Bill moved by Lord Hunt of King’s Heath, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.  The Conservative and Liberal Democrat peers who voted (178) outnumbered Labour peers (162).  However, the amendment was carried by 220 votes to 188.   The Government defeat…

Politics is an odd business…

Baroness D'Souza

Everyone agrees that the House of Lords has far too many members, we are already stuffed to the gills. Yet we now have 56 additional peers and the rumour of more to come. How does a perfectly obvious fact get so easily discounted? As Peter Riddell points out in today’s Times it cannot be a…

Is it goodbye?

Baroness Deech

Will the appointed peers be evicted shortly to make room for an all-or mainly-elected Upper House/Senate?  I will not rehearse the arguments for and against, which are well known, especially to those who read this blog.  When I heard that the LibDem-Tory coalition had firm plans to evict us by Christmas, I was very upset. …

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…