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 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... 

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If you fulfil 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. 


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Who can apply?

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.

When can I apply to become a Lord - is there a deadline?

The nomination and assessment process is a continuous one, with recommendations being made at regular intervals. Therefore, there is no nomination deadline.

Can I still work if I join the Lords?

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.

Will I be paid?

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.

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