Ab­sent peer loses house mem­ber­ship

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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