Absent peer loses house membership
A PEER has ceased to be a member of the House of Lords after not attending any proceedings in the last year.
Lord Thomas of Macclesfield was one of four peers who have been absent for a whole session of parliament.
Under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, peers who fail to attend proceedings for a whole session have their membership ended.
The others peers who lost their membership are Lord Bridges, Lord Neill of Bladen and Baroness Lady Thomas of Walliswood.
Speaking in the Lords, Lady D’Souza thanked them for “their much valued service”. Terry Thomas, 78, from Prestbury, was a Labour and Co-operative member of the House of Lords, and a retired banker. He joined The Co-operative Bank in 1973 as marketing manager, rising to managing director in 1988. During his time at the bank he spearheaded its reinvention as a marketleading ethical bank with cutting edge policies on human rights, animal welfare, armaments and the environment.
He retired from banking in 1997, the same year as he received a CBE in the Birthday Honours.
●● Lord Terry Thomas