Selected topics of interest.

Below you will find our recent briefings on a selection of topic areas on the House of Lords.

Research Briefings: In-depth analysis on topics related to the House.

In Focus: quick-read articles on the House of Lords.

  • Members of the House of Commons may now vote by proxy in certain circumstances. In contrast, the practice has been prohibited in the House of Lords for over 150 years. What is the background to the rule against proxy voting in the second chamber?

  • This article analyses the 36 new peerages announced by the Prime Minister on 31 July 2020. It provides statistics on the background, gender and party affiliation of the new peers. The article also compares the number and gender balance of peers created by Boris Johnson with those of the former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May.