The House of Lords continues to accept applications to join the Upper House, but it seems that very few people are aware that they can apply to become an Independent Crossbench Peer. As long as you are over 21 and have a good record of achievement or a particular area of expertise, there is a real chance you just might be the one they are looking for.
What’s more, with Lord Kakkar now firmly installed as the new Chairman of the independent Lords Appointments Commission, will we see him making his mark over the coming months with a wave of new appointments?
Younger applicants will be pleased to know that the youngest member, Lord Wei, is in his thirties. The youngest female member is Baroness Lane-Fox, who joined in March 2013. Indeed, Baroness Lane-Fox is one of 181 crossbench peers who comprise 23% of its membership.
Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho co-founded lastminute.com in the dot.com boom of the early 2000s and served as their managing director until 2003. Alongside her role in the House of Lords, the Baroness is also a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer and chairs the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK.
The majority of the house is made up of life peers. Many members have a political background; some don’t. Among the House’s members are doctors, soldiers, technology experts, businessmen, nurses, scientists, writers, judges, lawyers and police officers. Many members are also appointed for their knowledge and experience and chosen from communities for having made a difference through their involvement with charitable, voluntary and civil society organisations.
Visit the House of Lords Appointments Commission to find out more.
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