House of Lords Act: Hereditary Peers Byelection, March 2007
After the death of Lord Mowbray and Stourton on 12th December 2006, the vacant seat was filled at a byelection held on 5th and 6th March 2007. As Lord Mowbray and Stourton had been one of the peers elected by the Conservative hereditary peers, the electorate consisted of the other Conservative elected hereditary peers. This included the 41 hereditary peers elected under the House of Lords Act 1999 in the Conservative Party group, and 6 elected as office-holders by the House as a whole. All told, there were therefore 47 people eligible to vote, of whom 43 cast votes.
The election was conducted using the Alternative Vote system. Hereditary Peers who wished to stand for election had previously registered with the Clerk of the Parliaments, but had to confirm that they were interested in standing for this vacancy. There were 43 confirmed candidates, of whom 31 received no first preference votes at all.
Candidates who obtained no first preference votesLord Abinger
Earl of Kinnoull
Viscount Massereene and Ferrard
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Lord Oranmore and Browne
Earl of Swinton
Earl of Woolton