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What position & power does the Church of England assume in the upper house of Lords?

The principal power of the Church of England in the House of Lords is vested in the Lords Spiritual - Church of England bishops who are granted seats in the House. Since the Bishopric of Manchester ...
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Post 1999 will anyone be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?

Most1 800-odd of the holders of hereditary peerages currently have three routes by which they might sit in the House of Lords: Be granted a Life Peerage. This has been done a number of times, for ...
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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?

Denis has given the formal answer, but there is also a political reason why the House of Lords will not block a deal. The House of Lords is unelected, and the Lords are aware that the existence of ...
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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?

It must. And the House of Commons can basically overrule the House of Lords if the latter gets in its way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Lords#Legislative_functions The House of Lords ...
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Why are there currently only 25 Lords Spiritual?

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York as well as the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester are ex officio members of the House of Lords while the remaining 21 seats are filled (...
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Post 1999 will anyone be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?

The House of Lords act 1999, which is what I assume you are referring to, specifies that there will be 92 hereditary seats in the House of Lords. The Lords were also given the opportunity to choose ...
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Is it unprecedented for a party to nominate someone from an opposing party to the House of Lords?

I wasn’t able to find any modern examples of opposition party members “switching sides” after being nominated for a peerage, but I am aware of one relevant example; In Theresa May’s resignation ...
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How are peers supposed to be selected?

Peerage in this way is basically a minor noble title. It's not transferrable, nor hereditary so the only way to be made a peer like this is by the current monarch deciding to do so. The custom or ...
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Why did the Tories in the UK cancel their bid to filibuster the anti-no deal Brexit deal?

It looks like the Tories in the House of Lords had a different (and arguably important) reason for the filibuster, and it wasn't something decided by Boris or Tory MPs. It wasn't the case that they ...
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Why didn't Labour's 2017 manifesto contain a commitment to abolish the House of Lords?

Did the 2017 manifesto represent an actual change in policy from 2015? Yes. In the absence of a clear manifesto commitment to a policy, it is harder for Labour to claim it has an electoral mandate ...
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Volume of UK law originating in the House of Lords

Is the House of Lords being used as a procedural tool by the Executive, so that “originating in the House of Lords” is not what it at first seems (ie a Lord proposing a Bill that becomes an Act)? ...
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Is there a record of how party strength in the House of Lords has changed over time?

This website shows the House of Lords membership by party and genders of the Members over the last 30 years. View the makeup of the House of Lords showing the party and genders of the Members at ...
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Do the religious and hereditary members of the house of lords have real political power?

All those who have the right to sit and vote in the House of Lords have the same rights and privileges, and yes, they do use them. To take an example which is topical at the time of writing, this ...
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Do parliamentary bodies meet year-round?

No, they don't sit year round. Helpfully both the House of Commons and House of Lords each have a web page where they publish their recess dates. The Commons page is at http://www.parliament.uk/about/...
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Do the House of Lords debates get as rowdy as the House of Commons debates?

It is very common for a Commons debate to get as rowdy as it did yesterday, but it is very rare indeed in the Lords. There is a Lord Speaker, but their role is more administrative and advisory in ...
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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?

No. Only the House of Commons needs to agree the deal. The Lords has to debate it, but does not have to vote in favour of it. The Brexit deal is not legislation, it is an international treaty between ...
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Brexit deal 'Meaningful vote' battle between House of Lords and House of Commons

Apparently Ms. May promised a meaningful vote to some of her MPs, but then immediately reneged on it. The Lords are giving those MPs another opportunity to hold May to her word, or to rebel if she ...
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Do parliamentary bodies meet year-round?

No, legislative bodies typically don't meet year-round, at least not in the US. There are recess periods built in to the calendar, during which members are able to both take vacations and go to their ...
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UK Parliament Act Usage (Lords v Commons)

According to Parliament UK the Lords can delay a bill for a year, not a number of times of being bounced between the houses. Parliament Act 1949 The Parliament Act 1949 further reduced the Lords' ...
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How do I interpret this table of the number of UK bills for the session 2016-2017?

Yes. As noted here: Bills are introduced in either the House of Commons or House of Lords for examination, discussion and amendment. Although most government bills are introduced in the House of ...
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