Civil Service blocks next influx of Lords


Britain’s Civil Service blocks the ruling party’s attempt to create 100 new peers

London sunsetThe reduced list will contain 40 to 50 appointments, including 30 to 35 Tories and 10 Liberal Democrats, The Times reported.

This will take the composition of the Lords from 786 peers to more than 830, which many figures, including the Tory leader in the Lords, believe is far too big.

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, and Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the leader of the Lords, are understood to have intervened on the latest appointments after some cabinet members drew up a post-election list of up to 100 new recruits, says The Times report.

There are 227 Conservative peers, 213 Labour, 102 Liberal Democrat, 26 bishops and 38 from other parties or non-affiliated, as well as 180 crossbenchers.


The Conservatives received 36.9 per cent of the vote in May, with Labour on 30.4 per cent. If the composition of the chamber was changed to reflect the share of the vote, the Tories would have 290 peers, an increase of 63, while Labour could be given another 20 or more over the course of the parliament. However, in this honours list the Labour contribution could be as few as six, adds the Times report.