Luke Archer Photography

I have recently relocated from Bristol to Hertfordshire. Inheritance remains my current long-term project. In 2011 I was nominated for Black and White Magazines under 30’s Photographer of the Year. I was the joint winner of the 2011 South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited extensively in Bristol as part of the 2010 and 2012 Bristol Festival of Photography as well as the 2011 Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography. My portrait of the Marquess of Bath is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The book version of Inheritance was displayed at Ffotogallery’s Book Arts Fayre 2012. I joined the Vignette Magazine team in winter 2011 and I am now features editor.
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Confusion: Elected Hereditary Peers


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Even for those clued up on UK politics the House of Lords can be confusing, perhaps the most confusing and often overlooked aspect is the way hereditary peers are now ‘elected’.

Just to recap: In the past any ‘Lord’ ( Baron, Viscount etc) by virute of their title was allowed to sit in the House of Lords, in theory making for a large second house. These Lords sat through choice and many chose not to. Their numbers fluctuated little as when a peer died their heir inherited the title and the right to sit in the House of Lords. In 1999 the House of Lords Reform Act was passed – this greatly decreased the number of hereditary peers to 92. These 92 remaining peers were elected by their contemporaries, with many hereditary peers choosing not to run for election.

The major confusion starts with how these remaining hereditary peers are replaced upon their death. As  expected with a ‘reform’ act the ability for a hereditary peer to pass on their seat to a relation was removed. Mistakenly some believe that the number of hereditary peers is decreasing as more of the 92 elected in 1999 die. This is not the case and in fact the number remains constant, but how?

On a hereditary peers death a House of Lords by-election is called. In this instance hereditary peers removed in the 1999 act  may put themselves forward as a candidate for a seat in the House of Lords. The exisiting Lords then vote and the favoured candidate is able to sit in the House of Lords as a hereditary peer.

The solution seems a strange mix of the old and the new, by virute of their birthright a person with a title is able to put themselves forward but they must be democratically elected, however the only people permitted to vote are hereditary lords.

With so little public knowlegde of the process it is hard to comment on how peers make their choice.  With the lords holding a low public profile it is easy to see why the public maybe suspicious of such an internal process.

Please note: this is a paraphrased explanation of the by-election process, please contact me if you would like further information

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Adrian Palmer, 4th Baron Palmer


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Born 1951.

Eduated at Eton then University of Edinburgh.

Gained a certificate in Farming Practice in 1979.

Succeeded his uncle in 1990.

Convenor, Lords and Commons Cigar and Pipe Smokers’ Club

Party: Crossbench

Ernest Cecil Nottage Palmer, 2nd Baron Palmer

Born 1882.

Accountant and Deputy Chairman at Huntely and Palmers ltd.

Died 1950.

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