Non-affiliated members of the House of Lords
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".
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.) 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.
|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|
|Baroness Ashton of Upholland||Labour|
|Lord Bhatia||Crossbench||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|Lord Black of Crossharbour||Conservative||Expelled following shareholder fraud conviction in U.S.|
|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 Hanningfield||Conservative||Briefly suspended from House of Lords following criminal conviction for false accounting.|
|Lord Hussain||Liberal Democrats||Resigned following historic allegations of having smuggled a boy into the UK.|
|Lord Kalms||Conservative||Expelled after supporting UKIP in 2009 European elections|
|Lord Laird||Ulster Unionist||Resigned following allegations of lobbying activities in breach of parliamentary rules.|
|Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with lobbying scandal|
|Lord Paul||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|Lord Sewel||Labour||Chairman of Committees (2012-present)|
|Lord Simpson of Dunkeld||Labour|
|Lord Smith of Finsbury||Labour||Chair, Environment Agency (2008-present)|
|Lord Strasburger||Liberal Democrats|
|Lord Sugar||Labour||Resigned over party's attitude to business|
|Lord Taylor of Warwick||Conservative||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal and imprisonment for false accounting|
|Lord Thomas of Macclesfield||Labour|
|Lord Truscott||Labour||Resigned following Cash for influence allegations|
|Baroness Uddin||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|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|
- "Ineligible members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament.
- "Lords by party and type of peerage". UK Parliament.
- "Members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament.
- Lord Sugar: 'Disillusioned' peer quits Labour Party dated 11 May 2015 at bbc.co.uk, accessed 11 May 2015