House of Lords

  1. Peers' committee puts out call for rural comments

    The challenges facing rural communities are being discussed by a new House of Lords select committee, which has asked people from areas like Cumbria to get involved..

    It hopes to cover a wide range of subjects, including local services, broadband speeds, housing, transport, employment and demographic change, asking how the government is performing.

    Members of the public can contribute using an online form, until 16:00 on Monday 10 September.

  2. Powderham Castle owner elected to House of Lords

    An Eton-educated aristocrat married to a former Baywatch actress has been elected to sit in the House of Lords in a hereditary peers by-election in which 26 valid votes were cast.

    The Earl of Devon, formerly known as Charles Courtenay, beat Lord Ravensdale by 12 votes to five in the final round of voting.

    A total of 19 candidates stood in the by-election.

    The contest, which cost taxpayers more than £1,140 to run, was triggered by the retirement of independent crossbencher Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

    The Earl and Countess of Devon with Mary Berry
    Image caption: The Earl and Countess of Devon appeared on Mary Berry's Country House Secrets last year

    Lord Devon, a 42-year-old barrister, is married to "AJ" Langer, now the Countess of Devon, who starred in several episodes of the popular 90s TV show Baywatch.

    He owns the inherited family estate of Powderham Castle near Exeter, Devon.

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    Video caption: Tories 'reasonably confident' about EU vote

    The Housing Minister, Dominic Raab, said he was "reasonably confident" that Conservative MPs would back the government in this week's votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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    Video caption: PMQs: May and Davies on Lords v Commons pigeon race

    After a gap of 90 years, a Lords v Commons pigeon race is being revived.

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    Video caption: Lord Empey says NI is in 'state of paralysis'

    Lord Empey has said Northern Ireland is in a "state of paralysis" and he questioned the government over how public services are being run.