Volume 4. 1971–2014: The Exclusion of Hereditary Peers – Book 1: 1971–2001 – Book 2: 2002–2014
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were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated.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?
List of Illustrations
The Rt Hon. Dame Margaret Becket MP by an unknown artist
Reproduced by permission of the editor of the Andrew Marr Show, BBC1
Rt Hon. The 7th Earl of Carnarvon by an unknown artist
Reproduced by permission of the 8th Earl of Carnarvon
The Rt Hon. Robin Cook MP with Tammy and Tusker by Fionna Carlisle
Reproduced by permission of the Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 6434 www.parliament.uk/art
The Rt Hon. the Lord Irvine of Lairg by James Lloyd
Reproduced by permission of the Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 6272 www.parliament.uk/art
Rt Hon. the Baroness Jay of Paddington by Chris Moyse
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