Retiring peers

Lord Norton

The House of Lords Reform Act 2014 – a Private Member’s measure introduced by Dan Byles MP – enabled peers for the first time to retire from the House.  (It also made provision for the expulsion of peers who commit serious criminal offences and removes those who fail to attend for a session.)  To date, almost forty peers have made use of the provision to retire.  The latest is Lord Dixon, whose retirement takes effect today.  Three other members have also given notice of their retirement.  Baroness Williams of Crosby – the veteran parliamentarian Shirley Williams – retires on Thursday (she has already made her valedictory speech), Baroness Linklater of Butterstone retires on Friday, and the veteran Baroness Knight of Collingtree will leave the House on 24 March.  Baroness Williams and Baroness Knight have between them ninety years of parliamentary service.

1 comment for “Retiring peers

  1. maude elwes
    16/02/2016 at 6:33 am

    I feel sad that Baroness Williams retired as she appeared to be very in touch and aware of the appalling situation of so many in a so called civilised country.

    Best wishes to her. I bet she could write a really amazing life expose of what really goes on in that place. LOL

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