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Enough toilets to meet demand in House of Lords

Lord Sewell assured peers that there were enough toilets in the House of Lords. Credit: PA Wire

Peers were relieved to hear the news that there are enough toilets in the House of Lords to meet the needs of their growing numbers.

Chairman of committees Lord Sewel said there were 57 male urinals, 85 male WCs, and 73 female WCs in the Lords, as well as 40 WCs "not assigned to either gender".

Lord Sewell was replying to a question from former Labour minister Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to assure him that there were enough toilets for members and staff.

Thirty new peers were announced by the Prime Minister in August taking the working total to 785 - making it one of the largest legislatures in the world, second only to the Chinese National Party Congress.


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Doreen Lawrence's 'strength a huge asset' for the Lords

Doreen Lawrence has changed attitudes and policing in the UK, Labour leader Ed Milband said today after it was announced that she would be made a Labour peer.

Labour party leader Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Mr Miliband said: "Over the past 20 years, Doreen Lawrence has had a profound impact on Britain and I am delighted that she will become a Labour member of the House of Lords.

"Since the horrific racist murder of her son, Doreen has shown incredible strength and courage as she sought, and continues to seek, justice for Stephen.

"She has changed attitudes to policing and racism in this country and I have no doubt that her strength and determination will be a huge asset to the House of Lords in the coming years."

List of latest House of Lords peerages announced

The list of the latest House of Lords peerages has been announced, by political party, they include:

  • 14 Conservatives peers, including Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Associate Editor of The Times and Sir Stephen Sherbourne, former Political Secretary to Margaret Thatchery
  • 5 Labour party peers, including race equality campaigner Doreen Lawrence and Sir Charles Allen CBE, non-executive director of LOCOG.
  • 10 Liberal Democrat peers, including former Met Police deputy commissioner Brian Paddick and James Palumbo, co-founder of Ministry of Sound Group.
  • 1 Green party peer, Jenny Jones, former chair of the Green Party.

Former Met Police chief to be made a Lib Dem peer

Former Met Police deputy commissioner Brian Paddick is to become a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords, it has been announced.

Former Metropolitan Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Archive

As announced on Wednesday, Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murder teenager Stephen, has also been confirmed as receiving a seat in the Lords.

Race equality Campaigner Doreen Lawrence becomes a baroness.

Other names on a list of the latest peerages include Jenny Jones, former Chair of the Green Party and Ministry of Sound mogul James Palumbo.

London's Ministry of Sound is a world renowned nightclub and record label. Credit: Press Assocation

Labour Lords welcome Doreen Lawrence peerage

Labour peers have welcomed the news that Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen is to be made a Labour peer:


Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen to be made a peer

Doreen Lawrence is expected to follow the Labour whip in the Lords. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Doreen Lawrence, who has campaigned tirelessly for justice following the racist murder of her son Stephen, is to receive a seat in the House of Lords in a new peerages list.

The 60-year-old will be confirmed as a baroness when the list is published, which is expected to be tomorrow.

The London Evening Standard has reported she will be a Labour peer and is expected to attend the Lords regularly.

House of Lords toilet refurbishment may cost £100k

Up to £100,000 is to be spent refurbishing two toilets used by peers and VIP guests at the Palace of Westminster, according to a House of Commons contract.

Up to £100,000 is to be spent refurbishing two toilets. Credit: PA

The House of Lords lavatories give a "poor image" of the Palace of Westminster and are in an "unacceptable condition for the high profile area they are in", adds the job description put out to tender via the website

The paperwork states the last revamp took place more than 20 years ago, and the contract is valued by the House of Commons authorities at between £90,000 and £100,000.

The work to ensure the toilets in the Salisbury Room area comply with disability access legislation is estimated to take 42 days to complete.

Lord Mackenzie: 'I have obeyed the rules'

Labour peer Lord Mackenzie insisted he had "done nothing wrong" and claimed he had not breached parliamentary rules following lobbying claims.

"I've obeyed the rules. I know what the rules are - obviously I studied them before I get involved in these sort of issues," he said, speaking before the Labour Party announced that he had been suspended pending further investigation.

He said he had been considering "perhaps taking a consultancy" with a solar energy glazing firm, which "sounded like quite an interesting and novel thing" because of his interest in energy policy.

Two Labour peers suspended from party after claims

A Labour Party spokesperson said Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie had been suspended from the party:

Lord Cunningham and Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate have been suspended from the Labour Party pending further investigation.

The Labour Party expects the highest standards of its representatives and believes that they have a duty to be transparent and accountable at all times.

– Labour Party spokesperson
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