Can members of the Lords vote? | Role, work and membership | House of Lords


The answer is no. Members of the Lords can’t
vote in a general election. They can vote in other elections – local government elections,
European elections – but not in a general election. This has been the practice for many
centuries and the reason, it is thought, is that they are already members of Parliament.
A member of the House of Lords has the right to speak in Parliament, to introduce legislation,
to amend legislation, to vote on legislation – they are already members of Parliament.
It is said that it would be odd to also give them a ‘second go’, by also giving them
the right to elect someone else to speak on their behalf in the House of Commons.

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