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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 17:24 GMT


UK Politics

75 words of tradition

The remaining hereditaries will sit in a transitional chamber

The peers have selected 92 hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords, partly based on their 75 word manifestos. Here BBC News Online includes some examples of the successful and unsuccessful manifestos.

Earl of Onslow (Conservative, elected with 99 votes)

Since I succeeded, aged 33, I have tried to serve my Country, the House of Lords and the Conservative Party. It would be vainglorious to proclaim a personal manifesto, as it would be arrogant to list any achievement. I therefore hope my fellow peers will honour me with their vote, on account of their knowledge of my endeavours.

Lord Mowbray and Stourton (Conservative, elected with 88 votes)

Inheriting my peerage in 1965, I have attended the House for 33 years. For 14 years, I was a whip - six of them in government as Lord-in-Waiting and spokesman for the environment and transport. A regular attender since then, I will pledge my best efforts if chosen to keep up the many traditions which make the Lords such a well-tempered place for legislation and discussions.

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu (Conservative, elected with 113 votes)

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Since joining the House aged 21, I have devoted my speeches and parliamentary questions to issues such as tourism, museums, historic buildings, conservation, motoring, roads and transport, the Historic Vehicle Movement and the New Forest. If elected, I would strive to contribute my expertise when these subjects are raised. I fear many peers who normally speak on these subjects may be absent. I live in central London and would be a regular attender.

Earl Kimberley (Conservative, not elected)

An active member of the House of Lords for many years, I have always kept an open and independent mind on public issues. Formerly a Liberal peer, I now take the Conservative whip; but on matters of conscience or intellectual conviction I would not hesitate to vote across party lines. A long family tradition of public service has made me humbly aware that all rights, including hereditary privileges, confer an equivalent set of duties.

Baroness Strange (Crossbencher, elected with 53 votes)

Strange created 1628. Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness. Succeeded father (crossbencher) after abeyance, 1986. Married 1952 Humphrey ap Evans (Drummond of Megginch since 1966). Six children, five and a half grandchildren. Five books published. Conservative till 1988, now Crossbencher. President War Widows' Association. Member Defence Study Group, visited Belize, Cyprus, Falklands, etc. Member CPA, IPU (Kazakhstan 1999). Writes Lords Diary. Brings flowers. Loves House of Lords. Passionate about War Widows, the Services, Scotland, children, animals, defence, foreign affairs, elderly.

Lord Monckton of Brenchley (Crossbencher, not elected)

I support:

The Queen and all the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom and not a Disunited Republic.

Action against cruelty to animals, particularly fishing with rods. All cats to be muzzled outside to stop the agonising torture of mice and small birds.

The police must be supported against the increase in violent crime.

Organic food not GM.

There should be more grammar schools and not less.

LEVEL UP not level down. God willing.

Earl Russell (Liberal Democrat, elected with 17 votes)

Succeeded 1987-8

Spokesman on social security since 1990.

Treasurer, all-party group on homelessness 1994-7.

Vice chair, all-party group on refugees since 1996.

Liberal Democrat federal policy committee since 1995.

General Election speakers' panel 1992 and 1997.

Regular columnist, Liberal Democrat News.

Author, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Liberalism, Duckworth 1999.

Lord Redesdale (Liberal Democrat, not elected)

Took seat in 1991.

Front bench spokesperson.

International Development 1993-9.

Northern Ireland 1999-.

Member Select Committee Science and Technology 1993-98.

Select Committee D Europe 1998-.

Lord Rea (Labour, elected with seven votes)

Initially a reluctant peer, I now attend and sing for my supper regularly.

General practice, public health and overseas experience often useful in debates and when medical advice required.

Deputy opposition spokesman on health and overseas development 1992-97.

Active member of: Science and Technology Select Committee, IPU, several all party groups (chairman: Food and Health Forum).

Outside Parliament I assist several health and human rights charities. Not a paid "lord on the board".

Lord Grantchester (Labour, not elected)

I have endeavoured to make worthwhile contributions to the Hose from this unwarranted opportunity, on the Labour benches, these last three years.

I am a working farmer having studied economics/politics at LSE. I have been a director of Littlewoods companies and am involved in sport, being a director of Everton and a trustee of the Foundation for Sports and Arts.

I wish to continue helping achieve a thriving countryside and developing sporting opportunities for all.





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