APPLY TO HOUSE OF LORDS
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS
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Did you know that you can join the House of Lords on a part-time basis as an Independent Crossbench Peer or a political peer affiliated to one of the main political parties - even if you have ongoing work, family or community commitments!
A peerage is a life changing achievement. It will raise your profile, enhance your reputation, instil trust, add credibility and provide a platform for you to have your say. It is one of the most prestigious and sought after appointments in the world.
The Lords are looking for applicants...
...with a record of significant achievement within their chosen way of life.
Candidates for a peerage must be able to demonstrate a range of experience, skills and competencies, and have the ability to make a real difference to the work of the House of Lords.
Read on to find out more and assess your suitability for becoming a Crossbench Peer...
When you appoint us we will:
- Personally guide you through the entire House of Lords nomination process - meeting with you to source background information and agreeing the ideal mix of referees.
- Research and produce a professionally written application in line with the House of Lords requirements.
- Prepare your application to the highest possible standard, liaising with you every step of the way to ensure your application is perfect before you submit it to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
- Draft a bespoke CV to accompany your application - this is requested as part of the nomination process.
- If reference letters are requested by the Appointments Commission, your dedicated consultant will liaise with your proposed referees, drafting up to 6 letters of support ready for each referee to approve and sign.
- If your application leads to an interview with the Appointments Commission, the second stage of our service will commence.
- At this stage we will meet with you again and provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to give you the best possible chance of success. We will also contact your referees and professionally draft reference letters for them to sign and post to the Lords. If a second interview is requested by the Lords we would arrange to meet again and provide you with all the advice and guidance you need for that interview.
FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY
Find out how to get in to the House of Lords. Mark Llewellyn-Slade, Managing Director of Awards Intelligence, reveals all to BBC Radio 4's Paddy O'Connell.
If you fulfill all the criteria and can demonstrate how you can add value to the House of Lords as a Crossbencher or political peer affiliated to one of the main political parties simply give us a call on +44 (0)1444 230130 for a free, confidential assessment of your chances of success.
THE COMMISSION WILL BE LOOKING FOR NOMINEES
- With a record of significant achievement within their chosen way of life that demonstrates a range of experience, skills and competencies;
- With the ability to make an effective and significant contribution to the work of the House of Lords, not only in their areas of particular interest and special expertise, but the wide range of other issues coming before the House;
- Who are willing to commit the time necessary to make an effective contribution to the work of the House of Lords. This does not necessarily mean the same amount of time expected of “working peers”. The Commission recognises that many active members continue with their professional and other working interests and this can help maintain expertise and experience;
- With some understanding of the constitutional framework, including the place of the House of Lords, and the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the House – for example, nominees should be able to speak with independence and authority;
- Who are able to demonstrate outstanding personal qualities, in particular, integrity and independence;
- With a strong and personal commitment to the principles and highest standards of public life;
- Who are and intend to remain independent of any political party. Nominees and the Commission will need to feel confident of their ability to be independent of party-political considerations whatever their past ~ party-political involvement. For this reason, all nominees are asked to respond to the questions on political involvement and activities which are similar to those used for most public appointments;
- Who are resident in the UK for tax purposes and accept the requirement to remain so.
The Appointments Commission will consider any British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen over the age of 21 for membership of the House of Lords. You must also be resident in the United Kingdom for tax purposes. Self-nomination and nomination by another person or organisation are accepted.
Nominations are assessed against stated criteria and the Commission aims to attract as wide a range of nominees as possible from all parts of the United Kingdom. A nomination form must be completed along with the names of at least two referees who may be asked to provide their references at a later stage.
Appointments are made purely on merit although we can't of course guarantee success.
The nomination and assessment process is a continuous one, with recommendations being made at regular intervals. Therefore, there is no nomination deadline.
The House of Lords Appointments Commission recognises that individuals may wish to maintain their professional commitments and the demands of working life may limit their involvement in the House.
However, the immediate benefit from your expertise is what will be initially assessed, and at a later stage in your career you may have the opportunity to spend more time in the Upper House.
Members of the House of Lords may claim a daily allowance of £300 (or may elect to claim a reduced daily allowance of £150) per sitting day - but only if they attend a sitting of the House and/or committee proceedings. Members of the Lords do not pay tax on their allowances.
What should I do if I want more than one of your services?
If you are considering a Lords application and would like a combination of personal honours and business awards be sure to check out our full range of business awards services.
OUR CLIENTS' THOUGHTS
WHY SHOULD YOU APPOINT AWARDS INTELLIGENCE?
An Awards Intelligence nomination is special. Not only will we save you a great deal of time and hassle, our experts will significantly increase the nominee's chances of success.
Honours Selection Committees judge a candidate's merits based on the nomination put forward. Our nominations are not simply an extended CV, a list of educational achievements, appointments, awards or posts, or a job description. Poor nominations often list these things, and a frequent complaint from the Committees judging the nominations is that the person recommended is "doing no more than their paid job".
Instead, our nominations define what is special about the candidates' achievements and show accurately, memorably and persuasively exactly how and where they have made a difference.
If you want to give someone the best possible chance of receiving recognition for their hard work and achievements, complete the form or call us on +44 (0)1444 230130 for a free assessment of their chances of success.
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