Parliamentary Briefings

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Position on August 2020 Lords Appointments

Download as a PDF (99.9KB pdf) The 36 new peerages announced by the Prime Minister on the 31st July take the House of Lords to over 800 members. Even the Lord Speaker argued that this...

Posted 11 Aug 2020

Briefing on Westminster Beyond Brexit ERS Report

The health of our democracy is failing. Westminster’s outdated, broken voting system and unelected House of Lords reinforce Westminster’s power-hoarding tendencies, leaving voters powerless and distant from where decisions are made, with no real say...

Posted 25 May 2019

Westminster Beyond Brexit Ending the Politics of Division

Position on January 2019 Hereditary Peer By-elections

Download a pdf of the briefing (180.1KB pdf) The result of the most recent hereditary peer by-election will be announced on Wednesday 23 January. This by-election was called following the death of Lord Skelmersdale on...

Posted 22 Jan 2019

Position on July 2018 Hereditary Peers By-election

Download briefing as a pdf (214.3KB pdf) Two hereditary peerage by-elections are currently underway in the House of Lords. These follow the retirement of the 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (9 May), grandson of Stanley...

Posted 04 Jul 2018

Debate Briefing on House of Lords ‘abolition’

Download Briefing (149.3KB pdf) Westminster Hall debate 4:30pm, Monday 18th June 2018 From its ever-expanding size, to its challenges to the government’s Brexit legislation, questions about the House of Lords are being asked – urgently and...

Posted 18 Jun 2018

Position on June 2018 Hereditary Peer By-elections

A hereditary peer 'by-election' has been called following the retirement of the 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, grandson of Stanley Baldwin. We've analysed these sham elections - with the findings showing they make a mockery...

Posted 04 Jun 2018

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Background on Hereditary Peers By-elections

Download the briefing (408.5KB pdf) Jess Garland, Research Advisor, Electoral Reform Society July 2017 The result of the most recent hereditary peer by-election will be announced on Wednesday 19 July. This by-election was called following...

Posted 28 Jun 2017