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The Majority Of The Hereditary Peers Leave The House Of Lords

31/10/1999, By Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford

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November the 11th was a sad day in my life, as I had to hand in my pass to the House of Lords, give back my laptop and look for somewhere else to park my car in Central London for free not an easy task. On a more serious note, it was the last day that I was entitled to sit and vote in the House of Lords, after nine years in which I had played a fairly full part in its proceedings.

This Labour Government has obviously seen the very fair-minded hereditary peers as a threat to its total domination of British politics, and therefore has engineered the removal of most of them with the remaining 92 only likely to be retained for a limited life-span.

The crazy part of all this is that most hereditary peers actually approved of some reform of the house, as there have been some patent abuses of the previous system. However, the strange fact is that the house has been reformed before the Royal Commission reported on what final form it should take. Not the normal way that you reform an institution. Particularly one that plays an important role in the British Constitution.

Still it is now too late to do anything about it, Ive packed my personal bag and gone.

Hopefully in a few years time we will be able to look back and say that it was a good move for Britain. Somehow I doubt that we will!

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Re: The Majority Of The Hereditary Peers Leave The House Of Lords

By Louis Marchiony Jr. 01/09/2002, (Rating: 2.9 from 12622 votes)

Alas, this is the end of more than an era. The end of the Peerage in the House of Lords? It boggles the mind. My question is, is it the cliché but accurate 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater'. Wasn't there a way to quell the shenanigans and still preserve the institution? After the attacks of 11 September, I had a very informative exchange of e-Mails with the Earl of Bradford. If this means the loss in Governmental debate of a man with the Earl's keen insight and others like him, the Parliament has been dealt quite a blow. Perhaps some Members of the Hereditary Peers might be able to be re-admitted to the House of Lords via the political process. It certainly would be interesting if someone ran for the House of Commons. What an idea for a BBC series. A Lord gets elected to the House of Commons. I am positive that the Earl's input will be sorely missed.

<b>Editor:</b> Thank you Louis, I remember our exchanges well, you were a voice of reason from New York City.

I did stand in the General Election in June 2001, for the Constituency of Stafford, where I polled 5.2% for the UK Independence Party, following the American lead of a long time ago.

It is a start, and I certainly haven't given up.

Viscount Thurso, a personal friend, did get elected though - but for the Liberal Democrats.

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Re: The Majority Of The Hereditary Peers Leave The House Of Lords

By Robert Wilkins 06/03/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 12352 votes)

Dear Richard
I really do not know anything about British Government, I may try to learn soon because I want to come and visit. Why do the people in the government want to get rid of good solid citizens especially people who may make a difference by doing good things to make your country a better place for all?


Robert Wilkins

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Re: The Majority Of The Hereditary Peers Leave The House Of Lords

By Richard Wyland 24/03/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 12131 votes)

Removing the hereditary peers...jealousy?

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