published on the House of Lords website." />

Peer told to “cease and desist” claiming he’s a member of the House of Lords

Lord Monckton, climate change sceptic and UKIP’s head of research, has been told to stop claiming to be a member of the House of Lords, in a letter sent to him personally and also published on the House of Lords website.

In his letter, David Beamish, Clerk of the Parliaments, makes the distinction:

No-one denies that you are, by virtue of your letters Patent, a Peer. That is an entirely separate issue to membership of the House… I am publishing this letter on the parliamentary website so that anybody who wishes to check whether you are a Member of the House of Lords can view this official confirmation that you are not.

The Guardian reports:

The move follows a testy interview given by Monckton to an Australian radio station earlier this month in which he repeated his long-stated belief that he is a member of the House of Lords. When asked by ABC Sydney’s Adam Spencer if he was a member, he said: “Yes, but without the right to sit or vote … [The Lords] have not yet repealed by act of parliament the letters patent creating the peerage and until they do I am a member of the house, as my passport records. It says I am the Right Honourable Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. So get used to it.”

The letter, sent by David Beamish, clerk of the parliaments, to Monckton last Friday and now published on the Lords’ website, states: “You are not and have never been a member of the House of Lords. Your assertion that you are a member, but without the right to sit or vote, is a contradiction in terms. No one denies that you are, by virtue of your letters patent, a peer. That is an entirely separate issue to membership of the House. This is borne out by the recent judgement in Baron Mereworth v Ministry of Justice (Crown Office).”

Read the full story at the Guardian.

Read more by or more about , , or .
This entry was posted in Election law and Parliament.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/24773 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

3 Comments

  • Chris Keating 18th Jul '11 - 2:03pm

    and what, pray tell, was the recent judgement in Baron Mereworth v Ministry of Justice? We should be told! :-)

  • Chris – see http://www.tgchambers.com/news/index.php?id=76

    (I would say “and anyone else whose interested but I think “Chris” might cover the field :-)

  • Daniel Fierro 18th Jul '11 - 3:32pm

    I have seen Monckton speak 3 times in Australia, and on US forums, he does not tell people, the journalists or audience that he is a member of the House of Lords, we all know who he is, and can adequately research him. What you will find with this one eyed leftist Adam Spencer is he is an antagonist who goated the Lord Monckton, no one in Australia appreciates Spencers childish approach to interviewing anyone, for he is NOT a journalist, Spencer is merely a teenagers shock jock radio announcer on grunge radio station here in Australia, and sometimes TV, simply a z-list pseudo-celeb.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMark Argent 22nd Dec - 2:51am
    If we do find ourselves in the position of being the king-makers, might the argument not be partly pragmatism (deciding which party would offer a...
  • User Avatarstuart moran 22nd Dec - 2:04am
    Sarah Noble So there is one based on your (not unbiased) view. Looking at the odds, the best I can see are 5/1 on for...
  • User Avatarmalc 22nd Dec - 1:57am
    Sesenco It really isn't that complicated. I was in Withington when the LibDems won the seat, it has a large student population and nearly all...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 22nd Dec - 1:36am
    Re-train to control the machines!
  • User AvatarSarah Noble 22nd Dec - 1:02am
    This is the thing: people are just looking at David's tiny majority, and the fact it's Bradford, and assuming we've lost already. We still hold...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 22nd Dec - 12:44am
    That was a by-election. A win over Labour by only 365 votes in Bradford East last time looks too small.