House of Lords Act: Hereditary Peers Byelection, June 2005
After the death of Baroness Strange on 10th March 2005, the vacant seat was filled at a byelection held between 13th and 22nd June 2005. As Baroness Strange had been one of the peers elected by the Crossbench hereditary peers, the electorate consisted of the other Crossbench elected hereditary peers. This included the 27 hereditary peers elected under the House of Lords Act 1999 in the Conservative Party group, and 2 elected as office-holders by the House as a whole. All told, there were therefore 29 people eligible to vote, of whom 28 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 26 confirmed candidates, of whom 19 received no first preference votes at all.
Candidates who obtained no first preference votesLord Amherst of Hackney
Lord Clifford of Chudleigh
Earl of Cromer
Earl of Drogheda
Earl of Kimberley
Viscount of Oxfuird
Duke of Rutland