The Daily Mail has published a nonsense article about former Speaker Martin and his so-called secret investiture.  Members of the House of Lords do not attend an investiture at the palace to “receive” their peerage.  A peerage is created when the Queen signs the relevant peer’s “Letters Patent” and the individual becomes a member of the House of Lords when they are introduced into the Chamber and their Letters Patent are read, they present their Writ of Summons, swear (or affirm) their loyalty to the Queen and sign the Roll.

It is not therefore a surprise – let alone sinister – that former Speaker Martin is not on the list of those expected to attend the forthcoming investitures at Buckingham Palace.

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