The UK's craziest elections could be binned

Written by James Millar on 26 June 2017 in Diary
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Lord Grocott is going to have another go at ending the weird ritual of electing hereditary peers

A labour peer has announced he's set to introduce legislation designed to do away with elections for hereditary peers. 

Currently there are 92 seats in the House of Lords reserved for hereditary peers. When one of them dies they are replaced via an election with the electorate drawn from the remaining hereditaries from the same party and the candidates coming from an approved list.

Last year that led to a Lib Dem election that saw seven candidates stand for the vacancy with only three votes available. Lord Thurso won all three votes to scoop the seat with a 100% mandate. 

Lord Grocott plans to introduce a bill that would end the practice of hereditary elections. He described the process as "beyond ridiculous," adding, "Gilbert and Sullivan wouldn't dare write something like this."

Former Labour whip Lord Grocott has previously tried to pilot a bill through the Lords on the subject but it was talked out by two Conservative hereditaries. This time he said he hopes his fellow peers will "see sense". 

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