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Nominations for Non-Party Political Membership of the House of Lords


How to apply

Submitting a Nomination

The Commission will consider self-nomination and nomination by another person or organisation. All nominations will be considered against the same criteria regardless of whether they are self-nominations or nominations made by another person.

If you are nominating another person you should pass a copy of the nomination form and  supporting information to your nominee. Alternatively, you can contact us with details of your nominee and we can send an information pack direct to him or her. Your nominee should then complete the nomination form and either return it direct to the Commission or ask you to do so on their behalf.


Completing the nomination form

Once a nominee is certain that they meet the eligibility criteria they should complete the nomination form addressing Commission's criteria [opens a new page].

The form can be completed in hard copy and sent to the Commission’s offices at Room G/08, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ or sent electronically by email [opens your default email editor]. A copy of the form can be found here  [opens a Word document].

Please read the following information about the process before submitting a nomination. These nomination notes can also be downloaded here [opens a PDF document].



Nominees should provide a CV to support their nomination form. It helps the Commission if this is set out in a way that relates to the Commission's criteria for assessing nominations. 


Closing date for nominations

There is no closing date for nominations. The nomination and assessment process is  continuous. In the context of discussion about reform of the House of Lords, the Prime Minister has said that he would like the Commission to recommend no more than two individuals for appointment over the course of a year.

Acknowledgement of nominations

All nominations are acknowledged within 15 working days of receipt. Please note, however, that it may be some time before you hear about the outcome of your nomination. You are welcome to update your nomination at any time during this period.


Withdrawal of nominations

If you wish to withdraw your nomination from consideration, please inform the Commission immediately.



The Commission treats all nominations and supporting information in confidence. The Commission is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. 



The Commission believes that references play an essential part in assessing the quality and propriety of nominees. All references will be treated in confidence.

As a minimum you are asked to provide details of at least three referees, but no more than six. These should include at least one work-related referee (where relevant) and a personal referee. 

Referees should be able to demonstrate their knowledge of a nominee and show how he or she could contribute to the work of the House of Lords.

Please note that, at this stage, the Commission only requires contact details for each referee. It is not necessary for written references to be included with nominations. The Commission may contact referees directly to request written references as part of the assessment process, and may also discuss a written reference with them.


Political activity and donations

You should be able to bring a perspective and contribution to the work of the House of Lords that is independent of party–political considerations. Party–political activity or membership of a political party is not a bar to nomination. However, nominees will need to satisfy themselves and the Commission that they are comfortable operating outside a party–political framework whatever their past involvement. The nomination form includes questions on current and past political activities that are similar to those used for most public appointments.

You must declare any donation – either of money or in kind - loan or credit arrangement made with a political party whether or not the donation, loan or credit arrangement was declarable to the Electoral Commission. This requirement covers all donations, loans or credit arrangements - regardless of when they were made - whether given directly by yourself or indirectly, for example, by a business or trust over which you exercise significant direction, or by a trade union of which you are or were an holder or major supporter. You must also declare any personal financial relationship between you and a senior member of a political party.

Donations, loans and credit agreements made to or with a political party by close family members, such as your spouse or partner, should also be declared, as should any close personal financial relationship between them and a senior member of a political party.


Membership of the House of Lords

The role of a Peer

For more information about the role of a peer and the House of Lords, an illustrated brief guide and briefing papers are available  [External website].


Members of the House of Lords, who are not paid a salary, may claim a daily allowance of £300 (or may elect to claim a reduced daily allowance of £150) per sitting day - but only if they attend a sitting of the House and/or committee proceedings. This flat fee replaces the former system of members' expenses, and is designed to cover members' costs. You can download a guide to the members' allowance scheme from the Parliament website [External website].  

House of Lords’ Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct provides guidance for members of the House of Lords on the standards of conduct expected of them in the discharge of their parliamentary and public duties, and provides the openness and accountability necessary to reinforce public confidence in the way in which members of the House of Lords perform their parliamentary and public duties. In particular it reinforces the requirement on members to register relevant interests. A copy can be found at, or paper copies are available from the House of Lords Information Office (Phone: 020 7219 3107).