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Saturday 29 January 2011
One of the peculiarities of our unwritten constitution is that anyone elected to public office, such as an MP, is automatically disqualified if they are sentenced to a long prison term, but that does not apply to members of the House of Lords, who are not elected.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Once feted in Westminster as the first black Conservative peer, Lord Taylor of Warwick was last night facing a substantial jail sentence after being found guilty of abusing his expenses.
Tuesday 25 January 2011
A former Tory peer was today found guilty of fiddling his expenses to claim more than £11,000 from the public purse.
Friday 21 January 2011
A former Tory peer accused of lying about his expenses believed it was a "quirk" of the House of Lords to list as his main residence a property he never stayed at, a court heard today.
Thursday 20 January 2011
A former Tory peer accused of lying about his expenses told a court he viewed the system as being "in lieu of salary".
Wednesday 19 January 2011
A former Tory peer accused of lying about his expenses was told by a fellow lord he would be "crazy" not to nominate a house outside London as his main address, a court heard today.
Tuesday 28 December 2010
As Lord Sugar of Clapton serves his apprenticeship in the House of Lords, records show he has voted only three times in the past year.
Saturday 04 December 2010
The postcode is another triumph of pioneering British bureaucracy. Sir Rowland "Penny Post" Hill split London into ten compass-point districts in 1856; the current code took 15 years to arrive after its trial in Norwich in 1959.
Baroness Carnegy of Lour: Farmer who became a life peer respected by allies and rivals alike in the House of Lords
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Between 1982 and 2005 when parliament was in session, every Monday at Edinburgh airport and most Thursdays or Fridays at Heathrow, it was possible that I would bump into Elizabeth Carnegy going to and fro to carry out her duties in the House of Lords to which she had been elevated by her admirer, Margaret Thatcher, in 1982. Duty was what she was about: no life peer or baroness took the Lords more seriously. And in consequence, I was told by Labour peers who did not share many of her views, that though she was very much an archetypal Tory lady, they took her seriously and liked her. And they were right to do so. She was utterly sincere, sensible and forthright in her views, and devoid of political malice.
Monday 15 November 2010
The coalition Government today warned peers against falling for a Labour "elephant trap" which could scupper the timetable for its planned referendum on a new voting system.
Monday 18 October 2010
Three members of the House of Lords face suspension and being forced to repay thousands of pounds to taxpayers after an investigation into their expenses claims.
Tuesday 07 September 2010
Labour is drawing up plans to sabotage the Bill proposing a referendum on the voting system during its passage through the House of Lords.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
Lord Pearson of Rannoch may not have made a great impression during his nine months as leader of the UK Independence Party, but he deserves to make more of a splash with his resignation statement. He had learnt, he said, that he was "not much good at party politics, which I do not enjoy". He would step down at the party's conference next month, to devote more time to his other interests.
Friday 23 July 2010
So many things seem airily suspended as you plunge down the steep, twisty streets to the banks of the River Tyne. The Tyne Bridge hangs so high in the air, almost shaving off the rooftops; seagulls wheel above your head, ear-gratingly raucous as a knife blade scraped against a sink. And, over at the old Baltic flour mill on the Gateshead side of the river, the centrepiece of Cornelia Parker's mini-retrospective consists of objects in suspension too. This is not unusual for Parker though. She has often suspended objects in the air. It is almost a trademark sculptural gesture on her part, to draw our attention to the perpetual lightness of things; to transform the nature of what she is inviting us to examine by robbing things of their groundedness, their solidity, their familiar contexts.
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