HOUSE OF LORDS
CONSERVATIVE HEREDITARY PEERS’ BY-ELECTION
This notice sets out the arrangements for the by-election following the death of Lord
Mowbray and Stourton.
The death of Lord Mowbray and Stourton on 12 December has created a vacancy
among the excepted hereditary peers, which under Standing Order 10 is to be filled by
means of a by-election.
Lord Mowbray and Stourton was elected under Standing Order 9(2)(i)(b), among the
“42 peers elected by the Conservative hereditary peers”. Therefore, under Standing
Order 10(2), the electorate will be the excepted Conservative hereditary peers, of
whom there are 47, listed in Annex 1.
The Clerk of the Parliaments is required, under Standing Order 10, to maintain and
publish a Register of Hereditary Peers who wish to stand for election as members of
the House of Lords. All those on this register are being asked to indicate by
Wednesday 31 January whether they wish to be a candidate in this by-election. The
list of candidates will be available by Thursday 8 February.
Ballot papers will be sent to the 47 voters on Monday 19 February, to be returned
either by post or in person by 5pm on Tuesday 6 March.
The Code of Conduct for the by-election, based on that adopted for the elections in
1999, is set out in Annex 2.
There will be no arrangements made by the House authorities for circulating
statements in support of candidatures for this by-election. This will be a matter for
By Wednesday 31 January
Candidature to be registered.
By Thursday 8 February
List of candidates available.
Monday 19 February
Ballot papers issued.
Tuesday 6 March
Ballot papers to be returned by 5pm.
Wednesday 7 March
Count takes place at 9am.
The Clerk of the Parliaments will report
the result of the by-election to the House
after oral questions.
The full election results (first preference
votes cast for each candidate, and the
position after each transfer of votes) will
subsequently be made available.