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were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated.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
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The Rt Hon. the Lord Lloyd of Berwick by Photoshot.com
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The Rt Hon. Dan Byles MP by Danielle King
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The Baroness D’Souza by Chris Moyse
Reproduced by permission of the House of Lords, 2014
Rt Hon. the Lord Falconer of Thoroton by Michael Tylor
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The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hayman by Anita Corbin
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