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were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated.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?
Chapter Seven: 1999. Exclusion of Hereditary Peers: The Labour Government Bill
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1999. Exclusion of Hereditary Peers: The Labour Government Bill
The Government White Paper
The government was now ready with its White Paper and its proposed bill. These were presented to parliament on 19 January 1999.
The White Paper was divided into eight chapters.1 Chapter 1 summarized the contents of the whole document:
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