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Letter in The Spectator

 

The Spectator, 10 Jan 2009

Doc. No. 2009.001

 

With a life peerage, life means life

 

Sir,

 

Lucy Vickery (Competition, 3 January) likes the idea that Lord Mandelson’s New Year resolution might be ‘In due course I shall float the Lord Home precedent, but not yet’. Lord Home, however, was notoriously the fourteenth Earl, while Lord Mandelson is only the first (and last) Baron. In law that makes a difference.

 

Lord Home succeeded to his peerage; Lord Mandelson was appointed to his. The Peerage Act 1963 allows surrender of a peerage only by those who succeeded to it.

 

Lord Mandelson can never escape the honour he was pleased to accept.

 

Francis Bennion.