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Sheet1 Page 1 Effective Opposition -House of Lords -Declining power? -Membership -Party strength -Social and economic composition -Functions of the House of Lords Composition of Lords -Members of the Lords are also technically MPs -Call each other "Noble Lords" or "Noble Ladies" -Lord Speaker position existed only since 2006 -First incumbent is Baroness Hayman -Most are appointed -Although the system changed in 2000 and is likely to again -Fixed number are elected internally -Others may be life peers (the majority), who are either appointed by a special commission or nominated by parties -The Lords is more independent chamber -More specialist expertise
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Unformatted text preview: -Parties are less important-Peers are less likely to be aligned to a particular political party-And generally less likely to be constrained by the party whip Function of the Lords-Lords main job is to "double-check" and revise proposed new laws to make sure they are fair and will work-Select Committees-Can delay legislation, but no Veto-Cannot approve government financial issues (tax or spending)-The House of Lords is also the highest court in the land a sort of "supreme court"-Law Lords-Group of 12 salaried, full-time judges Sheet1 Page 2 hereditary peers, who inherit family titles or bishops...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course INR 3075 taught by Professor Morales during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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