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were both determined to shake up the system, and in such times the old House of Lords began to look more and more outdated.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?
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. Many of those who moved in aristocratic and high political circles received knighthoods or peerages which entailed some change in name. Though every effort has been made to get names correct in the text of this volume, in the index the simplest forms have been used – with no intention of disrespect. Some individuals may appear twice, under their names before and after receiving a peerage.
Aberdare, Lord i. 8, 82, 414
Addington, Lord i. 225, 242, 422
Addison, Viscount i. 373, 417
Adonis, Andrew i. 280; ii. 420, 423, 615
Acton, Lord i. 354
Airedale, Lord i. 214
Aitken, Ian i. 543
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