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The House of Lords swells…

There are 846 peers, though 790 are currently able to sit in the Lords because one is suspended, eight are disqualified (for instance because they are members of the judiciary) and 47 are on leave of absence

There are 227 Conservative peers, 215 Labour, 105 Liberal Democrat and 182 crossbench

But the benches in the chamber seat only 200 comfortably

Prior to the 1999 reform there were 654 hereditary peers

In 1801 there were only 350 members

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