Daughters in legal bid for House of Lords seat rights – BBC News

‘Five daughters of hereditary peers are to challenge a law that stops them from being elected to the House of Lords. They are taking the government to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to end the system of male primogeniture which has resulted in almost all titles being passed to male heirs.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2018

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House of Lords under fire as peers who didn’t speak once claim almost half a million in expenses – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2017 in expenses, news, parliament, peerages & dignities, reports by tracey

‘Campaigners have criticised “couch-potato peers” in the House of Lords who took part in less than a quarter of votes and did not speak at all in 2016-17, but still claimed a total of £462,510 in tax-free expenses. The 33 peers also did not table a written question or sit on a committee though claimed an average £14,015 each, or £746 per vote, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said in a new report.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2017

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Peers could be restricted to 15 years in Lords in drive to cut numbers – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities, reports, time limits by tracey

‘New peers could be restricted to sitting in the House of Lords for 15 years, rather than being given life peerages, under plans to slash the numbers in the house.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

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“Misconduct in Public Office” revisited – Law & Religion UK

‘Publication of An Abuse of Faith – the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church’s handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case – prompted a number of comments concerning possible follow-up actions in relation to Lord Carey’s involvement.’

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Law & Religion UK, 30th June 2017

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Lord Janner’s family have hearing request rejected – BBC News

‘The family of the late Lord Janner have lost their battle to have a hearing to discuss concerns about the inquiry into allegations against him.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2017

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Inquiry finds peers claiming £300 a day for no work – but it is axed to avoid ‘press storm’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2017 in expenses, inquiries, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

‘A probe into peers who enjoy House of Lords perks without doing any work was dropped to avoid a “press storm”, a former lord speaker has admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2017

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House of Lords drops tough new rule to kick out members who misbehave after opposition from peers – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

‘Tough new rules to kick misbehaving peers out of the House of Lords have been dropped because of opposition from members of the un-elected second chamber.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2017

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Dishonouring a Spiv – 4 KBW

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, peerages & dignities, pensions by sally

‘The calls for Sir Philip Green to have his knighthood removed have been made strongly by both the press and by MPs – with Dennis Skinner referring to him pithily as a ‘billionaire spiv’. The former BHS owner has been subjected to strong criticism following the difficulties now being faced with respect to the retailers’ pension provisions. Sir Philip Green is said to have profited at BHS and its workers’ expense.’

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4 KBW, 3rd January 2017

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House of Lords to debate reducing number of peers after David Cameron’s ‘profligate’ appointments – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2016 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities by sally

‘While Lord Cormack refused to place a number on the amount of peers the Lords should have, he said the upper chamber ‘should be no bigger than the Commons’.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2016

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Shami Chakrabarti facing questions from MPs over her controversial peerage – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2016 in news, peerages & dignities, political parties, racism, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Shami Chakrabarti will be forced to appear before MPs to answer questions about whether she was offered a peerage before completing a report into Labour anti-Semitism subsequently described as a “whitewash”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2016

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David Cameron to face inquiry into resignation honours list – The Independent

‘David Cameron is to face a Commons inquiry into his resignation honours list, which has been widely criticised for the way he used it to reward friends and financial backers.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2016

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Hanningfield acquitted of expenses fraud after parliament intervenes with court – The Guardian

‘Former Tory peer accused of submitting false expenses has been formally acquitted after parliament made an unexpected intervention in the case. Lord Hanningfield, who served a jail sentence for expenses fraud in 2011, was accused in Southwark crown court of claiming around £3,300 in House of Lords allowances in July 2013 to which he was not entitled.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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Accountant wins legal claim to baronetcy in ‘cuckoo in the nest’ case that could challenge the British class system – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 21st, 2016 in DNA, news, peerages & dignities, Privy Council, time limits by sally

‘A retired accountant from Buckinghamshire is to be made a baronet in a landmark ruling set to shake the foundations of the British system of hereditary titles by opening them up to challenge through DNA tests for the first time.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2016

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Lord Janner faced allegations of abuse against 30 victims, hearing told – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, peerages & dignities, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Lord Janner faced allegations that he had abused 30 victims from the mid-1950s until the late 1980s, the first preliminary hearing of a public inquiry into child abuse has heard.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2016

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Lord Lucan and the Presumption of Death Act 2013 – Park Square Barristers

Posted February 25th, 2016 in news, peerages & dignities, presumption of death orders, probate by sally

‘The press has been awash with reports of the recent case in which Lord Bingham, the son of the 7th Earl of Lucan, obtained a Court Order which finally allowed him to succeed to the title held by his father – who had been missing for over 40 years following the death of a former nanny. The case attracted frenzied press coverage in 1974 when the family nanny, Sandra Rivett, was found dead at the home of Lord Lucan’s estranged wife in Belgravia. Suspected of her murder, Lord Lucan fled and was never seen again. However, this was only the beginning of the saga for the family. Over the ensuing years there were regular reports of sightings of the fugitive peer. None were confirmed, and an alternative theory was that he had committed suicide shortly after the murder.’

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Lord Lucan death certificate granted – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2016 in news, peerages & dignities, presumption of death orders by tracey

‘Lord Lucan is now presumed to be dead, a High Court judge has ruled. A death certificate has been issued 42 years after the peer vanished when his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in London.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2015

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Court to hear application for Lord Lucan death certificate – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in news, peerages & dignities, presumption of death orders by sally

‘A formal application to obtain a death certificate for Lord Lucan, who disappeared more than 40 years ago after the murder of his children’s nanny, will be heard by a London court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2016

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Senior British judges decide if DNA evidence can ‘uncover affair’ and settle Scottish hereditary title dispute – Daily Telegraph

‘Norman Murray Pringle, an accountant living in High Wycombe, is attempting to prove his aristocratic entitlement as the next baronet of Stichill.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2015

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Last chance for objections to Lucan’s son inheriting title – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2015 in news, peerages & dignities, presumption of death orders, succession by tracey

‘Today is the deadline for any objections to the issuing of a death certificate for Lord Lucan, which would allow George Bingham, his son and heir, to become the 8th Earl.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2015

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Queen intervenes to settle title feud opening way to title pretenders – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2015 in DNA, evidence, news, peerages & dignities, precedent, Privy Council by tracey

‘DNA evidence could be used for the first time to resolve a feud over a hereditary title after the Queen personally intervened in the case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2015

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