NEW: The 36 New Peers in Full (Spoiler Alert: Bercow isn’t on It)

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Lord Wallace Takes Advantage of Working from Home

Being able to work from home gives the Lords a number of benefits; being able to claim £160 merely for clicking a mouse; shieling from Coronavirus; working in your pyjamas without anyone noticing; however Lord Wallace is taking fullest advantage of electronic Lording: getting pleasantly sloshed while asking questions to ministers…

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Lord Speaker Scathing of Government’s “Gesture Politics” Over Lords Re-Location

In an email sent to Peers last night, the Lord Speaker has set out a strident position against Cumming’s the government’s floated plan to move the House of Lords to York. Titled ‘The Ivory Coast Option’ (as of the 79 countries in the world with bicameral legislatures, just the Ivory Coast has an upper house (its recently established senate) in a separate city to the lower house), Lord Fowler makes the case that this is a less than ideal arrangement. He also pointedly points out that it is not the Government’s decision to make…

The location of the House is a matter for the House and the views of Parliamentarians will not simply have to be “considered”.

Read his scathing and entertaining email in full below…

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Britain’s Laziest Ladies and Lords

Very senior Lords have been heaping praise on the upper house’s new digital voting system – “PeerHub” – even suggesting they may keep the system in place once the pandemic is over, so elderly peers no longer have to spend hours in the palace waiting for votes that sometimes don’t happen, and queuing for when divisions are called. It could put London’s premier retirement home technological light years ahead of the Commons…

Since electronic voting was introduced, Lords have been voting in record numbers from the comfort of their own home(s) – and getting £162 per click. Voting records consistently show turnouts of around 500 peers voting on each bill. The chamber, however, has 775 members…

Despite the convenience of online voting, well over 200 members-per-vote are still refusing to do the job they were appointed to do. Almost everyone in British politics accepts the need for a massive slimming down of the Lords; Guido recommends the Government begins by visiting the Lords Votes website and begins the cull with absent names from there…

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PeerHub for All Your Upper Chamber Needs

While the Commons continue conga voting in the rain, the Lords have today leapfrogged the lower house to forge a new virtual democracy. Members of the Lords are now voting on all divisions via the unfortunately-named “PeerHub“. Alas this special interest website is not as exciting as a similarly named site…

Whipping may become harder as peers turn to stuffing the ballot box from the comfort of their homes…

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Lord Speaker Returning to Woolsack Today

In March Guido reported that 82-year-old Lord Speaker Norman Fowler had left London to work from his Isle of Wight home “for the time being”, and in so doing encourage vulnerable members of the House of Lords to stay away from the Chamber. Guido can now reveal Lord Fowler will be returning to the Lords today, after almost three months of remote working. His crack will be back on the sack this afternoon…

Lord Fowler is returning in order to conduct the new hybrid, semi-digital House of Lords which starts today. His return, however, is being stressed as not a cue for other members to return. The Lord Speaker will be likely presiding over more screens than people. Tune in to the Lords Chamber for what will no doubt be a teething problem full first session at 14:30…

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