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The first life peers

The ten men and four women pictured in the magazine Illustrated London News, were announced as the first life peers on 24 July. 

Sir Ian Fraser, whose picture is larger than that of his colleagues, was the first life peer to receive his letters patent. He was also a director of the magazine.

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A milestone in the history of the House of Lords: The first life peers

Catalogue number

Illustrated London News, 2 August 1958. Mary Evans Picture Library