Members and their roles

Currently, there are about 790 members who are eligible to take part in the work of the House of Lords. The majority are life peers.

Diverse experience

Many members (peers) have a political background, some don’t. They represent a wide range of professions

How members are appointed

Members of the House of Lords are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister

Lord Speaker

The Lord Speaker

The Lord Speaker, currently Baroness D’Souza, presides over business in the chamber, acts as an ambassador for the work of the House and chairs the House Committee

Leader of the House of Lords

The most senior member of the government in the Lords

Lords Digital Chamber

Connect with members of the Lords on the Lords Digital Chamber - a website featuring social media feeds from peers and political groups.

Watch the Lords on Parliament TV

Watch all the action from the Lords' chamber and committees live on Parliament TV

Lords enquiry service

Contact the House of Lords enquiry service with general questions about the Lords:

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Lords publications

Get free copies of House of Lords publications and briefings

Lords Hansard

Read the latest Lords Hansard for a detailed word by word report of the work in the chamber