Non-affiliated members of the House of Lords

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Members of the House of Lords are said to be non-affiliated if they do not belong to any parliamentary group. That is, they do not take a political party's whip, nor affiliate to the crossbench group, nor the Lords Spiritual (bishops). Formerly the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary were also a separate affiliation, but their successors the Justices of the Supreme Court are now disqualified from the Lords while in office and, as with all ineligible members, are listed as "Other" rather than "Non-affiliated".[1]

Most non-party "lords temporal" are crossbenchers. Members with senior official roles are counted as non-affiliated while they hold this role to preserve their neutrality; they may (re-)affiliate to a group at the end of their term of office. (The Lord Chamberlain and Earl Marshal are not counted, as they are on leave of absence.[2]) Some members become non-affiliated after resigning or being expelled from a party, either through a political disagreement or after a scandal such as the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal. Others have had no party allegiance and choose this designation rather than joining the crossbench.

Lord Taylor of Warwick became a non-affiliated member after serving a period of suspension from the House of Lords after imprisonment for false accounting

The UK Parliament website lists the following "Non affiliated Members" of the House of Lords,[2][3] excluding those on leave of absence:[1]

Member Previous affiliation Reason for change
Lord Ahmed Labour Resigned following allegation of antisemitism
Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare Conservative Expelled following imprisonment for perjury
Lord Bhatia Crossbench Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal
Lord Boswell of Aynho Conservative Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (2012-present)
Lord Collins of Mapesbury Law lord Returned to the House following retirement from Supreme Court
Baroness D'Souza Crossbench Lord Speaker (2011-present)
Lord Eatwell Labour
Lord Filkin Labour
Baroness Ford Labour
Lord Kalms Conservative Expelled from Conservative party after supporting UKIP in 2009 European elections
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate Labour Following return from suspension from the House in connection with lobbying scandal
Lord Myners Labour
Lord Paul Labour Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal
Lord Sewel Labour Chairman of Committees (2012-present)
Lord Smith of Finsbury Labour Chair, Environment Agency (2008-present)
Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrats
Lord Taylor of Warwick Conservative Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal and imprisonment for false accounting
Lord Truscott Labour Resigned following Cash for influence allegations
Pola Uddin, Baroness Uddin Labour First Asian and Muslim woman to sit in the UK Parliament.

There are also several listed with an "Independent" party designation:[2][3]

Member Designation Notes
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist Resigned whip following anti-gay remarks
Lord Owen Independent Social Democrat Left Crossbenches following donation to Labour
Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour Expelled after supporting Socialist Alliance candidate in the 2001 general election
Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat Resigned the whip in 2012 after Israeli Apartheid Week comments

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  1. ^ a b "Ineligible members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lords by party and type of peerage". UK Parliament. 
  3. ^ a b "Members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament.