The power to expel

lordnortonThe House sits on various Fridays to consider Private Members’ Bill.  On 24 October, the third and final Bill under consideration was Baroness Hayman’s House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspensions) Bill.  It is a modest measure to give the House the power to expel or suspend peers, over and above the limited power of expulsion given by the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.  If it gets on to the statue book, its real success will lie in how little it is used.

Because of the time taken up by the preceding two measures, we had a limited amount of time to discuss the Bill – the House tries to rise by 3.00 p.m. or shortly thereafter – so members kept their contributions short.  What was notable was that everyone who spoke supported the Bill.  I was the last backbench speaker.  You can read my contribution hereThe minister, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, said that the Government did not have a settled view on the measure.  Why not is not quite clear, given that – as I pointed out in my speech – all three main parties have previously signed up to its provisions.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to The power to expel

  1. I fear I am not up-to-date on the composition of the Upper Chamber … what is the current status of Baron Black of Crossharbour and Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare?

    • Jonathan says:

      Black is on leave of absence. Archer still sits in the Lords, as a “non-affiliated” member. Convicted fire-raiser Lord Watson of Invergowrie returned to the Lords after his release and was allowed to rejoin Labour in 2012.

  2. maude elwes says:

    @ LN: The speech you made in support sounds great on the surface, but, what teeth does this bill really have? Is it another loosely concocted pretence at keeping out those who have been stupid enough to be outed for their less than responsible goings on? What I’m getting at is in addition to the remarks from the posters above. What is going to be done about those who sit in that house beside you who have no moral right to be there? And on top of that is it going to include those immoral fraudsters in the financial and banking world who are taking, not only the country, but the world to the cleaners? Or, are they once again to be accepted in that club for untouchables? Protected by those around them who have colluded and encouraged the scam against every one of us, including those who sit in these higher places.

    This link covers what I’m getting at. If you listen to the entire report it’s an eye opener to what exactly immorality means. In truth, will this Bill advance our citizens rights to a plunder free House of Lords?

    As a side line, we can hear this wonderful expose of the money making fraud politicians gain through their insider dealing, akin to Presidents and Prime Ministers. That’s where the axe needs to strike.

  3. Croft says:

    Seems so obviously uncontroversial that its bound to fail! Doubtless no government time will be given.

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