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APPOINTMENT OF PEOPLE'S PEERS

EDM number 603 in 2000-01, proposed by Gordon Prentice on 25/04/2001.

That this House recognises the Government's belief that the appointment of 15 new 'non-party political' people's peers will increase the extent to which the House of Lords is representative of the United Kingdom as a whole; notes that the House of Lords Appointments Commission set out on four regional roadshows costing ú12,000 to encourage putative people's peers to apply; further notes that 3,141 applicants were subsequently considered for appointment - including 17 whose main homes were outside the United Kingdom, but regrets that the 3,126 rejected applicants were not given reasons for their rejection even if requested; believes that copies of all applications for a seat in the legislature of the United Kingdom as a people's peer should be lodged in the Library; is astonished that non-party political people's peers will, after enoblement, have a free choice as to whether to take a party whip; concludes that in a modern democracy the election of legislators is preferable to appointment; and calls for a directly-elected House of Lords of no more than 100 members.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Gordon Prentice25/04/2001PendleLabourProposed
Paul Flynn25/04/2001Newport WestLabourSigned
David Taylor26/04/2001North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Chaytor26/04/2001Bury NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton26/04/2001GowerLabourSigned
Paul Marsden26/04/2001Shrewsbury & AtchamLabourSigned
Terry Lewis26/04/2001WorsleyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson26/04/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Mike Hancock30/04/2001Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Stewart01/05/2001EcclesLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell01/05/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Michael Clapham02/05/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Robert Wareing02/05/2001Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Derek Wyatt02/05/2001Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
John Austin03/05/2001Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn03/05/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
John Robertson08/05/2001Glasgow, AnnieslandLabourSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe08/05/2001LeighLabourSigned
Bill Tynan08/05/2001Hamilton SouthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington10/05/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned

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