Limerick, E. (L. Foxford) The Upper House knows none so queer A creature as the Seatless Peer. Flamingo-like he stands all day With no support to hold his sway. And waits with covert eagerness For ninety-two to be one less. Then on to hustings he must pace Once more to plead his special case. Noble Lordships, spare a thought For one so vertically distraught, And from your seats so well entrenched, Please vote that mine may be embenched.
Lord Fairfax of Cameron became a member of the House of Lords on his 21st birthday on 4 January 1977 - he succeded his father to the title in 1964 aged eight. He took his seat on 15 March 1977 and of course left the House in 1999.
(The Earl of Limerick was eliminated in the fifth round with four votes.)
The death of Lord Avebury means a byelection for the Liberal Democrat hereditary peers; there are three voters: Lord Addington, the Earl of Glasgow, and the Earl of Oxford and Asquith.
I would tip Viscount Thurso (aka John Thurso), who was a Liberal Democrat peer 1995-99, and then MP for Caithness etc from 2001 until losing his seat last year.
An election with just three voters, just like the good old days.
Is a high turnout expected?
Arise, those who refuse to be slaves! Let us build a new Great Wall along the Sham Chun River! Hong Kong faces its greatest peril From the Tyrants to the North. Arise! Arise! Arise! Millions of but one heart Braving the repressor's fire! March on! Braving the repressor's fire! March on! March on! March, march on!