David Armstong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Nephew of Her Majesty The Queen, is to stand for election to the House of Lords. Lord Snowdon is the Son of the late Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones and inherited his titles upon the death of his father in January 2017.
The Earl of Snowdon is one of nineteen candidates for the ballot taking place on July 3rd following the retirement of Lord Baldwin. He joins an anti-skunk campaigner and a 24-year-old graduate who is also hoping to be elected to the Lords.
Of the 790 members of the House of Lords, 92 are hereditary Peers who stayed in the upper chamber after the remainder were expelled in 1999 in radical changes carried out by the Government of Tony Blair. Under the current rules, when one of their numbers dies or retires, a by-election is held to elect a successor – a convention that some critics call ‘ludicrous’.
Of the 19 candidates for the ballot on July 3rd, Lord Snowdon is the only one to not submit a short statement with his reasons for standing and why he’d be suitable for the role. His father, Antony Armstrong-Jones, sat in the House of Lords for more than 50 years after he was made a Peer in 1961 – a year after his marriage to Princess Margaret.
David Armstrong-Jones is the eldest child of Princess Margaret and the 1st Earl of Snowdon. He is an English furniture maker and former Chairman of the auction house, Christie’s UK. As of May 2018, he is 19th in the Line of Succession to the British Throne – at the time of his birth in 1961, he was fifth.
Other candidates include Earl Albemarle, who wrote that he could bring much need creativity to the House of Lords, and Lord Monson who said he wanted to join the House to campaign for “greater awareness of the damage wreaked by pervasive high potency cannabis.”
The outcome of the ballot will be announced on July 4th.