When I was a member of the London Assembly from 2000 to 2004, the membership included three life peers (apart from myself, LibDems Baroness Hamwee and Lord Tope).  Then when I lost my seat, the number fell to two from 2004 to 2008.  However, since 2008 there has been no cross-representation between the House of Lords and the London Assembly.

I understand now (from three separate sources) that next month this will change when Dee Doocey is made a Baroness as part of the massive Upper House packing operation that the Conservative Coalition is about to embark upon.

I gather she will will be one of fifteen or so new LibDem peers who will be appointed along with an additional thirty odd Tory peers to give the Conservative Coalition an effective majority in the Upper House of around seventy and bring the total membership of the House to well over eight hundred.

The “touch of class” (note the irony) she will bring to the London Assembly will be short-lived, as she is standing down from the GLA in 2012.

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