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 are listed as "Ineligible" 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 Great 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 crossbenches.
|Member||Previous affiliation||Reason for change|
|Lord Adonis||Labour||Chairman-designate of National Infrastructure Commission|
|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 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 Dykes||Liberal Democrats|
|Lord Grabiner||Labour||Resigned to protest the direction of the party|
|Lord Hanningfield||Conservative||Briefly suspended from House of Lords following criminal conviction for false accounting.|
|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 Laming||Crossbench||Chairman of Committees (2015-present)|
|Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with lobbying scandal|
|Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay||Liberal Democrat||Following leave of absence in connection with a dispute regarding Nick Clegg's role as party leader|
|Lord Paul||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|Lord Smith of Finsbury||Labour||Chair, Environment Agency (2008-2014)|
|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|
|Baroness Uddin||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|Lord Warner||Labour||Resigned to protest the direction of the party|
|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|
|Lord Truscott||Independent Labour||Resigned following Cash for influence allegations|
- "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