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Monday, 3 August 2015

House of Lords

The word 'lord' originated from an Old English word 'hlaford' meaning bread-keeper.

The House of Commons of England passed an act abolishing the House of Lords in 1649, declaring it "useless and dangerous to the people of England".

Poet Lord Byron gave his first address as a member of the House of Lords in 1812, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.

Under the Parliament Act 1911, the Lords' power to reject legislation was reduced to a delaying power.

The last time a peerage was removed was in 1917 under the Titles Deprivation Act, directed against lords who fought against Britain in the First World War.

Bankrupt lords and lords in jail cannot sit in the House of Lords but do not have their peerages taken away.

Source Daily Express

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