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House of Lords Reform: A History

Volume 4. 1971–2014: The Exclusion of Hereditary Peers – Book 1: 1971–2001 – Book 2: 2002–2014

Peter Raina

Peter Raina’s magnificent history of Lords reform has already brought into the public domain a mass of original documents and thrown light on the debates they fuelled. In Volume 4 he brings his study up to the present age.
The Thatcher and Blair governments were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated. Mrs Thatcher’s inaction on the issue only increased calls for abolition or change. So the Blair government grasped the nettle. In one historic Act of Parliament it ejected hereditary peers from the House – except for 92 saved by a last-minute amendment. The negotiations and reactions surrounding this event are recorded here in lively detail.
This concluding book brings Peter Raina’s History of Lords’ Reform up to the end of 2014. It follows on from the banishment of hereditary peers from the House in the name of democracy. This was proclaimed as only the start of more sweeping change. What was to happen next?
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2015935021

Cover illustration includes portraits of Dame Margaret Becket MP (reproduced by permission of the editor of the Andrew Marr Show, BBC1); Baroness D’Souza (reproduced by permission of the House of Lords, 2014); Baroness Hayman (reproduced by permission of the Baroness Hayman); the 7th Marquess of Salisbury (reproduced by permission of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury); Baroness Jay of Paddington (reproduced by permission of the House of Lords, 2014); Lord Plant of Highfield (reproduced by permission of ActiveShot/Winchester Cathedral); Lord Lloyd of Berwick (reproduced by permission of; Lord Falconer of Thoroton (reproduced by permission of the Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 6560; Lord Irvine of Lairg (reproduced by permission of the Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 6272 and Bernard Weatherill MP (reproduced by permission of the Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 3578

ISBN 978-3-0343-1856-3 (print)

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