from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A peerage conferred only for the period of the recipient's life.
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The top 14 or whatever it was would get a life-peerage.
My life-peerage was gazetted on 24 October 2000 and I took my seat in the Lords on 16 January 2001 as cross-bencher, supported by Barbara Castle and Denis Healey.
Of course one may fancy it to be otherwise; we may conceive of a political storm just going to a life-peerage limit, and then stopping suddenly.
It seems to me that the British Ministry, in its notion of a life-peerage, shows an entire misunderstanding of what makes people desire the peerage.