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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 13:44 GMT

UK Politics

End of the line for peers

A total of 92 hereditaries will remain in the reformed chamber

Lords Reform
The names of the 75 peers who will be among 92 hereditaries which are to remain in the reformed House of Lords have been announced, marking the end of centuries of tradition.

The hereditaries were chosen in an election, the first in the Lords' history.

Under a compromise deal, the peers will remain in the transitional upper chamber until longer-term reform is completed.

The BBC's John Pienaar: "The peers have learned their fate in the chamber"
The government agreed to 92 out of more than 750 hereditaries remaining in the Lords, despite Labour's manifesto pledge to end their right to sit and vote in the upper House.

The reform ends hundreds of years of tradition of unelected peers sitting in the second chamber of the UK's Parliament to scrutinise legislation.

[ image: Lord Strathclyde: Elected to remain in the House]
Lord Strathclyde: Elected to remain in the House
The 75 hereditaries were elected by their fellow-peers over two days this week, prior to the results being read out by the clerk of the Parliaments on Friday afternoon.

For both elections, peers had to write personal manifestos of not more than 75 words.

The peers will represent their parties in the reformed chamber, and include 42 from the Conservatives, 18 from the crossbenches, three Liberal Democrats and two from Labour.

Lord Strathclyde: "I feel greatly privileged"
Among those elected is the current Conservative leader in the upper chamber, Lord Strathclyde.

He said: "For those who won it is no cause for celebration, it is an honour.

"For those who lost it is no cause for shame."

Lord Ree (Labour): "The whole thing is a farce"
He said the elected peers demonstrated the strength of the upper chamber and they also had a legitimacy that life peers did not have.

The Earl of Onslow, who promised to behave like a "football hooligan" during the reform of the upper chamber, was also elected.

The Earl of Buckinghamshire (Conservative): "This is certainly a change"
Crossbencher Baroness Strange, who said in her personal manifesto that she brought flowers to the House, was also chosen to remain.

Last week 15 hereditary peers were elected to remain in the chamber as deputy speakers and committee chairmen.

Lord Russell (Lib Dem): "I look forward to enjoying it"
The two other hereditary peers who will continue to sit in the upper chamber are the Duke of Norfolk, who is the Earl Marshall, and the Marquess of Cholmondeley, who is the Lord Great Chamberlain. Both peers do not have to seek re-election to continue in office.

This week, 10 hereditaries were given life peerages so they could remain in the reformed House.

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