Membership of the House of Lords

For a brief description of:

  • the changing membership of the House of Lords
  • the different categories of Members
  • the routes by which Members are appointed to the House
  • the process of becoming a Member, Letters Patent and Writ of Summons 

    See The Membership of the House of Lords (PDF PDF 543 KB) - a Lords Information Office briefing paper.

    Alphabetical and party membership lists are available in MPs, Lords and Offices.

    Information on the composition of the House of Lords is available in Lords by party and type of peerage.

    Information on changes to membership can be found on the list of new Members in the Lords and deceased Lords.

    Recent stories on House of Lords Members are available from Parliament News.  

    Further information on Members of the House of Lords is available from the House of Lords Information Office.


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    • represent constituencies
    • get involved in taxation
    • draw a salary (except for some office holders)