List of Northern Ireland members of the House of Lords

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This is a list of Members of the United Kingdom House of Lords who were born, live or lived in Northern Ireland.

This list does not include hereditary peers who have lost their seat in the Lords following the House of Lords Act 1999, or those in the Peerage of Ireland, who have never had an automatic right to a seat in the House of Lords at Westminster.[1]

Note: There is no such thing as the Peerage of Northern Ireland and peers do not represent geographic areas as such.[2] Some do, however, choose titles which reflect geographical localities, e.g. Lord Kilclooney, this is, however, entirely nominal.

Listed in order of surname, not title

Current members[edit]

Name Party Notes
John Alderdice, Baron Alderdice     Liberal Democrat former leader of the Alliance Party
Paul Bew, Baron Bew     Crossbencher Academic and Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life
May Blood, Baroness Blood     Labour Trade unionist and women's campiagner
Alan Brooke, 3rd Viscount Brookeborough     Crossbencher Elected hereditary peer, Lord-in-Waiting to The Queen, grandson of a Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and son of an Ulster Unionist Stormont MP.
Wallace Browne, Baron Browne of Belmont     DUP MLA, former Lord Mayor of Belfast
Robert Carswell, Baron Carswell     Crossbencher former Law Lord and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Robin Dixon, 3rd Baron Glentoran     Conservative Elected hereditary peer, son and grandson of Ulster Unionist Stormont MPs
Robin Eames, Baron Eames     Crossbencher former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh
Reg Empey, Baron Empey     UUP former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
William Hay, Baron Hay of Ballyore     DUP former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Brian Hutton, Baron Hutton     Crossbencher former Law Lord and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore     Crossbencher Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,[3] former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
John Laird, Baron Laird     Non-affiliated former chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency and former Stormont MP
Ken Maginnis, Baron Maginnis of Drumglass     Independent Unionist former Ulster Unionist Westminter MP
Brian Mawhinney, Baron Mawhinney     Conservative former Secretary of State for Transport and former Chairman of the Conservative Party
Maurice Morrow, Baron Morrow     DUP MLA
Nuala O'Loan, Baroness O'Loan     Crossbencher former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve     Crossbencher Academic and President of the British Academy
Eileen Paisley, Baroness Paisley of St George's     DUP Vice-president of the Democratic Unionist Party
Diljit Rana, Baron Rana     Crossbencher Indian-born Belfast businessman
Dennis Rogan, Baron Rogan     UUP former chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party
Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton     Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat spokesman on Northern Ireland
John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney     UUP former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and former Stormont MP
David Trimble, Baron Trimble     Conservative former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party

Deceased members[edit]


  1. ^ Irish Peers sat in the Irish House of Lords, with the passing of the Act of Union 1800 this House was abolished and twenty-eight Peers in the peerage of Ireland were elected to sit in the United Kingdom House of Lords between 1800 and 1922, when the right was exhausted due to the Government of Ireland Act.
  2. ^ In the Earl of Antrim's Petition [1967] 1 A.C. 691 it was held that Irish Representative Peers did, in fact, represent Ireland as an entity, thus on the passing of the Government of Ireland Act elections from the Irish Peerage could no longer take place, as the Ireland of the Act of Union 1800 ceased to exist.
  3. ^ Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore is disqualified from sitting and voting in the House of Lords while holding judicial office under section 137(3) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

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