Biddulph, L. (Conservative) Hacking, L. (Labour) Kennet, L. (Labour)
Lord Hacking is 83 and served in the House from 1971 until 1999; he had been a Conservative but left the party in 1998 over William Hague's European policy. He's previously stood as Labour and as a Crossbencher. Lord Kennet (Thoby Young) is 64 and has never previously been a Peer. His father was a Labour Peer turned SDP, Liberal Democrat and then returning to Labour.
Lord Hacking 132 votes elected at first round.
Lord Kennet 82 votes and 23 votes to bypass the informal understanding of the House and elect Lord Biddulph.
Just having a look back at the excluded peers from the 1999 Hereditaries. All but one of the Labour peers excluded in 1999 have now either been appointed a life peer, elected as a hereditary peer or passed away.
The one exception being Anthony Gifford QC who doesn’t seem to have expressed any interest in running in previous Lords by-elections.
The unsuccessful candidate here, Lord Kennet, is the only current holder of a hereditary peerage who has run in a by-election as a Labour peer. There may however be other Labour Party members who hold peerages and have never put their name forward.
Unreported over Christmas was the resignation from the Lords of the fifth Viscount Ridley, who stood down on December 17, the day after the Tories lost a by-election for the Commons seat once held by his brother-in-law, Owen Paterson. At 63, Ridley is the second youngest peer to retire but feels that nine years in the House, having entered in a hereditary peers’ by-election, is long enough. “Commuting from the northeast is time-consuming, as is taking part properly,” he says. “And I believe in doing things properly or not at all.” His desire to “give someone else a chance” is something a few should follow. While many, Ridley included, are assiduous, some seldom trouble Hansard. The Earl of Stair, for instance, last spoke in 2016."
Post by Davıd Boothroyd on Feb 9, 2022 18:38:55 GMT
The winner is Lord Strathcarron - the one who wanted everyone to read his Wikipedia page.
Strathcarron, L. 17 Camrose, V. 6 Ashcombe, L. 5 De La Warr, E. 3 Limerick, E. (Foxford, L.) 3 Monckton of Brenchley, V. 1 Windlesham, L. 1 Biddulph, L. 0 Dormer, L. 0 Dudley, L. 0
Combined elimination of Monckton, Windlesham, Biddulph, Dormer and Dudley resulted in one more vote for the Earl of Limerick and one more for Lord Strathcarron - that gave Strathcarron 18 out of 36 and so he was declared elected.
Aged 52, member of the Conservative Party and life long Conservative voter. I live and work in London and would commit to voting and attending as needed. I advise businesses of all sizes on how to work more productively and adapt to change. I work with new ventures as a founder and investor and would hope to bring my expertise and energy to enhancing the public recognition of the House of Lords.