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A Changing House - The Life Peerages Act 1958


2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the admission of life peers to the House of Lords, including women for the first time, under the 1958 Life Peerages Act. This website explores the background to women in Parliament, traces the passage of the Act, and explores the significance of life peers and women in the House of Lords over the last 50 years.

Suffragette 100th anniversary

27 April 2009 marked the 100th anniverary of a notable suffragette incident in Parliament, damage to the statue of Viscount Falkland.

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50 Years of Life Peers

New photographic art commission by Desiree Pfeiffer, celebrating the work of life Peers. On the Parliament website Image Gallery.

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Life Peerages Act

Learn about the passage of the Life Peerages Act fifty years ago.

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Video Interviews

Watch the Lord Speaker and four other current life peers examine some of the documents on this site and discuss the history and significance of the Life Peerages Act.

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