Who is your birth Lord?

OK, your mission for today, should you choose to accept it, is to find out who your birth Lord is. This is a special mission.

My birth Lord is Richard Rogers of Riverside (biography, Parliamentary record). He was born on the same day at the end of July as me. He’s a famous architect, responsible for the Pompidou Centre (picture right). More recently his career has flopped, as he designed the Millennium Dome! He’s in the Labour party, doesn’t vote much, and has once or twice rebelled on Terrorism. He sticks to his special skills when talking in Parliament, always on subjects like planning and urban renewal. I’ve written him a polite letter to find out his views on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Instructions for finding your own birth Lord:

  1. Go immediately to WriteToThem.com’s new Lords edition.
  2. Where it says “birthday” enter your birthday.
  3. You will be told which members of the House of Lords have the same birthday as you. Clearly, they must be the ones that represent you in Parliament!
  4. Click on “Find out more about Lord … (new window) on TheyWorkForYou.com.” to learn more about your birth Lord. If you have more than one birth Lord, you’ll need to click on their name first.
  5. See what party they are, scroll down to read their speeches. Click the link in the right sidebar to read their Wikipedia biography.
  6. Blog about your birth Lord, you can pinch the format I used above.
  7. Ask five of your blogging friends to in turn find and post about their birth Lords.
  8. Bonus points: Write a letter introducing yourself to your Lord. At least make sure you don’t forget your birthday, so next time you need to write a Lord you know who to write to!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy that new found glow of democratic accountability all day.

(Confused? Read the mySociety Open the Lords day announcement here. No idea what a Lord is? Read here.)

3 thoughts on “Who is your birth Lord?

  1. It’s a splendid idea. However, my Birth Lord Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood doesn’t appear to do much. I’ve been told that this is because he’s a Law Lord, and they can’t speak. The performance data seems better suited to the Other Place; perhaps it needs a tweak for the Lords. (Unless you want to give the impression that they never do anything of course!)

  2. My Birthday Lord is: Lord Lester of Herne Hill
    He’s a liberal Democrat.
    has spoken in 34 debates 90/724 lords
    has attended 44% votes 285/724 lords
    …seems very willing to speak, but not as keen on the nitty gritty of actually voting…

    most recently he asked Her Majesty’s Government:
    “Whether guidelines are being produced in relation to the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006; and, if so, what is the consultation process for preparing the guidelines.”

  3. Oh lawd, where the heck am I going to find five bloggers who a) have the faintest idea who I am, and b) give a stuff about British parliamentary democracy? Never mind, I’ll do my own anyway and see who else I can rope in…

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