In the comments on my previous post on the Joint Committee on the draft House of Lords Reform Bill, I was asked if the members of the committee had been appointed. The members have been nominated, but have yet to be approved by the two Houses. The motion to approve the House of Lords membership comes before the House next Wednesday.
For those interested, those nominated to serve are:
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Conservative: Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central), Oliver Heald (North-East Hertfordshire), Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest), Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich), Laura Sands (South Thanet), John Stevenson (Carlisle)
Labour: Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill), Ann Coffey (Stockport), Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central), Malcolm Wicks (Croydon North)
Liberal Democrat: John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
DUP: Dr William McCrea (South Antrim)
HOUSE OF LORDS
Conservative: Professor Lord Norton of Louth, the Rt Hon. Baroness Shephard of Northwold, the Rt Hon. Lord Trefgarne, the Rt Hon. Lord Trimble
Labour: Baroness Andrews, the Rt Hon. Lord Rooker, the Rt Hon. Lord Richard, the Rt Hon. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Liberal Democrat: Baroness Scott of Needham Market, Lord Tyler
Cross-benches: Professor Lord Hennessy, Baroness Young of Hornsey
Lords Spiritual: The Bishop of Leicester
The contingent from the Lords includes a Nobel Prize winner, two professors (and a professor emeritus), a former Ambassador to the United Nations and EC Commissioner, a former First Minister of Northern Ireland, and six who have served as Government ministers. The categories are not mutually exclusive. The MPs include the well-known historian the Hon. Dr Tristram Hunt – the son of Lord Hunt of Chesterton.