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On 31 July 2020, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced 36 new life peers. However, one of the Labour nominations, Anthony Woodley, has since declined his peerage and is therefore excluded from the following statistics.

The announcement was split into two lists; one containing ‘political peerages’ and one containing ‘dissolution peerages’, which typically follow the dissolution of parliament in advance of a general election.

The two lists contained:

  • 19 Conservative peers;
  • 4 Labour peers (excluding Anthony Woodley);
  • Four crossbench peers; and
  • Nine others, including a DUP peer and five ex-Labour MPs who will sit as non-affiliated peers.

Of the 35 remaining announcements, 18 were former MPs (51%) and 11 were women (31%).

With the addition of the new announcements, there will have been 1,498 life peers created under the provisions of the Life Peerages Act 1958.

This briefing provides information and statistics on life peers created under the Act. This includes breakdowns by prime minister and by decade. It also contains a list of every life peer announced since the powers were introduced.

This briefing does not include information on the Lords Spiritual, hereditary peers or peers appointed under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (which related to the appointment of ‘Law Lords’ to the House); information on these can be found in the following Library Briefings:

More information about the Life Peerages Act and the first life peers can be found in these briefings:


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