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Life Peerages Created Since 1958

Published Thursday, May 24, 2018

This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on all life Peers appointed under the Life Peerages Act 1958.

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On 18 May 2018, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced thirteen new life Peers. The Life Peerages Act 1958 enabled life Peers to be created with the right to sit in the House of Lords, including female life Peers (marking the first occasion women could sit in the House of Lords). The power was conferred on the Sovereign, who could create Peers through letters patent on advice of the Prime Minister (although this relationship is not set out in the Act). 

To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Act, this Briefing provides information on all life Peers appointed under the Act. It contains brief statistics, discusses those appointed by the House of Lords Appointments Commission and lists all the life Peers appointed under the Act. This Briefing does not include information on the Lords Spiritual, hereditary Peers or Peers appointed under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (which related to the appointment of ‘Law Lords’ to the House).

Further recent Library Briefings relating to the Life Peerages Act 1958, include: 

Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0059

Author: Russell Taylor

Topic: House of Lords

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