Coronavirus ends 300-year tradition in the House of Lords of officials wearing wigs


Parliament needed to hire six extra clerks throughout Covid to assist aged friends socially distance and the authorities had been unwilling to purchase the non permanent employees pricey headpieces

Officials not should put on headpieces in the House of Lords

Coronavirus has ended the 300-year-old tradition of House of Lords officials wearing wigs.

During the pandemic, Parliament needed to hire six extra clerks to assist aged friends socially distance and prepare for others to affix digital proceedings.

But the authorities didn’t need to spend the £2,000 it will value to purchase every clerk horsehair headpieces as they had been solely non permanent.

Nor had been they prepared to cough up £48,000 to package them out with the two units of full formal regalia they would want.

The non permanent employees at the moment are being saved on – however the authorities are nonetheless refusing to pay for his or her official outfits.

As a outcome, all 16 clerks have been given permission to dress down. Deputy Speaker Lord Gardiner of Kimble mentioned: “Costs can be important.

John Bercow dropped them in the House of Commons as he regarded them outdated


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Jacob Rees-Mogg mentioned complaints they had been itchy had been ‘feeble’


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“Full uniform will continue in ceremonial occasions and for State Opening, at which wigs will also be worn.”

But many friends imagine they need to have been requested about the determination first. Tory Lord Patrick Cormack, 82, mentioned: “There should have been a vote. If it had been the majority view I would have spoken against, but accepted it. I am a democrat.”

The transfer places the Lords in line with the Commons, which axed wigs in 2017 as then-Speaker John Bercow thought them old style.

The clerks additionally mentioned they itched. But Tory bigwig Jacob Rees-Mogg mentioned: “That’s feeble. They must have been itchy for centuries.”

A Lords spokesperson mentioned: “We decided against full uniform. We could not justify so many at the same time.”

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