The outcome of the impending Constitutional Renewal Bill could see non-resident peers lose their seats in the House of Lords
Lord Foster could be forced to relinquish his peerage under plans being drawn up by the government that would strip ‘non-resident’ and ‘non-domiciled’ peers of their seats in the House of Lords.
Action to remove the peerages of non UK residents, who have faced criticism in the past over whether they pay taxes in the UK, could be included in the Constitutional Renewal Bill, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Norman Foster has previously refused to answer questions about his resident status.
Lord Foster, who is understood to live in Switzerland, is one of seven peers who could be affected by the legislation, according to the reports. It currently requires an act of parliament to remove a peerage.
The legislation is expected to be sped up after recent controversy involving four peers who are accused of tabling amendments to legislation in return for cash payments.