Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 1:46 pm on 27th October 1999.

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Photo of Shona McIsaac Shona McIsaac Labour, Cleethorpes 1:46 pm, 27th October 1999

What is the Government's view on the rather noble antics of Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk, the Earl of Burford, who seems to think that he has a divine right to rule simply because he is descended from Nell Gwynne? Does my right hon. Friend believe, like the Earl of Burford, that abolishing the voting rights of hereditary peers is an act of treason; or was it a great day for democracy and another manifesto pledge fulfilled?