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The by-election in the House of Lords

(All staments taken from the official House of Lords Notice of 15 September.)

Why you should vote for Merlin Charles Sainthill Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley, in his own words:



Why you should vote for Hugh Francis Savile Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton, in his own words:



Why you should vote for John David Clotworthy Whyte-Melville Foster Skeffington, 14th Viscount Massereene and 7th Viscount Ferrard (who if elected will sit by virtue of his junior title, Baron Oriel), in his own words:



Why you should vote for Francis David Ormsby-Gore, 6th Baron Harlech, in (some of) his own words:



Why you should vote for Charles Rodney Muff, 3rd Baron Calverley, in his own words:



Why you should vote for Anthony Nicholas Colin Maitland Biddulph, 5th Baron Biddulph, in his own words:



Why you should vote for John Anthony Cadman, 3rd Baron Cadman, in his own words:



[Edited] The winner of this election, which will be decided by the votes of an unelected legislature, will join the ranks of about 90 men and two women who, by virtue of the fact that their ancestors were politicians, will sit in the parliament of an EU member state and a nuclear power for life.

Comments

celestialweasel
Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
You said 'which will be decided by the votes of about 90 men and two women whose ancestors were politicians'

The PDF says
'All Members of the House who have taken the Oath, and who are not subject to
statutory disqualification, suspended from the service of the House, or on Leave of
Absence, are entitled to vote in this by-election.'

which superficially looks to me like all the Lords can vote, not just the 90 hereditary ones sitting.
pwilkinson
Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
And the paragraph preceding that one contains the words: 'Therefore, under Standing Order 10(3), the electorate will be the whole House.'

Looking at the whole preamble, it looks as if the deceased Lord Methuen was elected in a sub-category of hereditary peers with experience of House of Lords procedures, so election by the whole House as it then was would have been a sensible way to proceed. By now, of course, the sub-category makes no sense and the reason for it has been jettisoned - but, in the common way of British tradition, the sub-category still exists.

Mind you, looking at the election statements, I suspect that nwhyte is some way from being the only person to have assumed that the electorate is confined to hereditary peers.

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