By-elections in the House of Lords

This page sets out notices, lists of candidates and results of recent by-elections in the House of Lords.

Conservative Hereditary Peers’ by-election

The Earl of Onslow, an elected Conservative hereditary Peer, died on 14 May 2011. A by-election washeld on 20 July 2011 to fill the vacant seat, in accordance with Standing Order 10. Lord Ashton of Hyde was elected.

Hereditary Peers’ by-election

Lord Ampthill, one of the 15 hereditary Peers elected by the whole House in 1999, died on 23 April 2011. A by-election was held on 20 July 2011 to fill the vacant seat, in accordance with Standing Order 10. Viscount Colville of Culross was elected. 

Death of Lord Monson: by-election

Lord Monson, a Crossbench hereditary Peer, died on 12 February 2011. A by-election was held in May 2011 to fill the vacant seat, in accordance with Standing Order 10. The Earl of Lytton was elected.

Death of Lord Strabolgi: by-election

Lord Strabolgi, one of the 15 hereditary peers elected by the whole House in 1999, died on 24 December 2010. A by-election was held on 23 March 2011 to fill the vacant seat, in accordance with Standing Order 10. Viscount Hanworth was elected.

2010

During June 2010, two by-elections were held as a result of the deaths of the Earl of Northesk and Viscount Colville of Culross.

Conservative hereditary Peers’ by-election

The Earl of Northesk, an elected Conservative hereditary Peer, died on 28 March 2010. There was a by-election to fill the vacant seat, in accordance with Standing Order 10. Viscount Younger of Leckie was elected.

Crossbench hereditary Peers’ by-election

Viscount Colville of Culross, hereditary Peer and Crossbench Member of the Lords, died on 8 April. A by-election was held, in accordance with Standing Order 10, to fill the vacant seat. The Earl of Clancarty was elected.

Address queries about the by-elections to Susannah Street, Journal Office, House of Lords, telephone 020 7219 5307.

By-elections: background

Under the House of Lords Act 1999, the House of Lords elected 90 hereditary Peers to sit in the reformed House. When of these hereditary Peers dies, a by-election is held.

All those on the Register of hereditary Peers are eligible to stand in by-elections. The by-election must take place within three months of any vacancy occurring.

The system of by-elections came into effect in November 2002.

Further information 

House of Lords FAQ: by-elections – list of results of previous by-elections.

By-election notices – notices relating to all previous by-elections.

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