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House of Lords: the weird world of hereditary by-elections

Elections, but not as you know them

By Josh Lowe  

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It might surprise even political obsessives to hear that there’s a parliamentary by-election going on. As every Westminster-watcher knows, a by-election normally sparks a mad dash of reporters and TV crews, who all descend on an unsuspecting town, propelling it from a quaint regional holiday destination or certified “dodgy area” to national fame in a matter of hours. You won’t see the same happening here. 

That’s because this isn’t a House of Commons by-election, it’s…

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