The dissolution peers list has not been published despite an extended period since the election. Rumours have, however, circulated in the press as to who the new peers are likely to be. The delay may be related to the need to consult the new Lib Dem leader. On 15th May the Sunday Times reported that

“..veteran MPs Sir Menzies Campbell, Don Foster and Sir Alan Beith, who all resigned at the election, are likely to go to the House of Lords”

Two days later the paper reported

“Clegg has been advised to press for ….. Lynne Featherstone …. and Malcolm Bruce, who stepped down, to be included.”

The Guardian reported on 25th June on a comment by Lady Stowell Leader of the House in the Lords and cabinet minister. She commented

“Despite the party’s poor showing in the general election when it won just 7.9% of the vote, the party can expect to see its numbers in the upper chamber swell, Lady Stowell said.”

The Daily Mail also reported “Up to six ex-Lib Dem MPs to be given peerages in Dissolution Honours List”

Lib Dem Voice reported that “Cable, Laws, Alexander, Baker and Hughes who have, according to the Guardian, turned down or said they are not interested in offers of peerages in the dissolution honours”

The only other clue is that none of the MPs deposed in London have signalled an interest in the mayoral candidacy. For them to have done so might have been an indication that they were not planning to take a peerage if offered.

The Independent reported on the issue in 2015 that “Dissolution honours have been controversial as it has been feared that they are open to abuse. Prime ministers wanting fresh blood in safe seats could encourage a sitting MP to retire in exchange for the guarantee of a place in the House of Lords.” In the case of the proposed Lib Dem peers this does not appear to have been a factor.

If the rumours are to be believed therefore, there could be five or six new Lords including Menzies Campbell and Alan Beith, but time will tell.

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