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Viscount Stansgate at the Welsh Assembly

Stephen Benn, 3rd Viscount Stansgate

Tony Benn’s eldest son, Stephen, has inherited the title his father disclaimed in 1963 and become the 3rd Viscount Stansgate. Lord Stansgate is director of parliamentary affairs for the Society of Biology and has spent the last two decades in a similar role for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Labour has four hereditary peers in the Lords…

Lord Stansgate, barred from sitting in the House of Commons, March 1961

Tony Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, 1925-2014

Friends of the Hereditary Peerage would like to offer their condolences to the family of Tony Benn, formerly the 2nd Viscount Stansgate, who died today. As a staunch socialist on the far left of the Labour party, Benn was opposed to the hereditary peerage and the existence of the House of Lords itself but was nonetheless…

Life peer Lord Steel of Aikwood

Peers vote for restraint on new creations

Today peers agreed by 217 votes to 45 to urge the government to exercise restraint over new appointments to the Upper House following a debate introduced by Liberal Democrat life peer Lord Steel of Aikwood. It was not the first time attempts have been made to limit the number of new peerages. In 1719, a bill was…

Progress of Lords Reform

Following the 2010 General Election the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government.  The coalition agreement stated that a committee would be formed to bring forward a draft motion on Lords reform by December, 2010.  This motion wasn’t published until May, 2011.  The bill which was introduced by the government on 27 June, 2012, provided for a second chamber which over a ten year transitional period would be transformed into a largely elected body.  After much opposition in the House of Commons the bill was withdrawn without a second reading. There are currently three bills concerning Lords reform progressing through Parliament: On…