Results of Labour hereditary peers by-election

Lord Grantchester has been elected to fill the place vacated by the death of Lord Milner of Leeds.

The result was announced in the Chamber of the House of Lords by the Clerk of the Parliaments who is head of the House of Lords Administration.

Notes for editors

1. The House of Lords Act 1999, removed the automatic right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords. As part of an agreement between Viscount Cranborne (the then Leader of the Conservative Opposition) and the Lord Chancellor, 92 hereditary peers (out of a total of some 750 hereditary peers) were allowed to remain, pending the implementation of further reform. This provision was part of the 1999 Act. The 92 were made up as follows:  15 Office Holders; 42 Conservatives; 28 Crossbenchers; 2 Labour;   3 Liberal  Democrats. The remaining two were Royal Office Holders -    The  Earl Marshal (The Duke of Norfolk) and the Lord Great Chamberlain  (The Marquess of Cholmondeley).

2.  Between November 1999 and November 2002 vacancies through death were filled by runners up on the list of those elected (Lord Cobbold and Lord Chorley filled the places vacated on the deaths of Baroness Wharton and the Earl of Carnarvon). Provision was made under House of Lords Standing Orders for by-elections to be held when a hereditary peer died after the end of the first session of the new Parliament (i.e. 7 November 2002).

3.  In the first election under this system, Viscount Ullswater was elected on 27 March 2003 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Viscount Oxfuird.

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