Members of the House of Lords are said to be non-affiliated if they do not belong to any parliamentary group. That is, they do not take a political party's whip, nor affiliate to the crossbench group, nor the Lords Spiritual (bishops). Formerly, the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary were also a separate affiliation, but their successors (the Justices of the Supreme Court) are now disqualified from the Lords while in office and are described as "Ineligible" rather than "Non-affiliated".
Most non-party Lords Temporal are crossbenchers. Members with senior official roles are counted as non-affiliated while they hold them, to preserve their neutrality; they may (re-)affiliate to a group at the end of their term of office. Some members become non-affiliated after resigning or being expelled from a party, either through a political disagreement or after a scandal such as the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal. Others have had no party allegiance and choose this designation rather than joining the crossbench.
Although the Lord Speaker must drop any party affiliation upon their election,they are not considered as a non-affiliated peer.
The UK Parliament website lists the following "Non-affiliated" members of the House of Lords,excluding those on leave of absence or suspended:
|Member||Previous affiliation||Reason for change|
|Lord Ahmed||Labour||Resigned following allegation of antisemitism[ citation needed ]|
|Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare||Conservative||Expelled following imprisonment for perjury[ citation needed ]|
|Baroness Ashton of Upholland||Labour|
|Lord Bhatia||Crossbench||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal|
|Lord Boswell of Aynho||Conservative||Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (2012–present)|
|Lord Carter of Barnes||Labour|
|Lord Cashman||Labour||Left Labour Party to support the Liberal Democrats in the 2019 European Parliament elections|
|Lord Cooper of Windrush||Conservative||Suspended from party whip after expressing support for Liberal Democrats in 2019 European Parliament elections|
|Lord Darzi of Denham||Labour||Resigned from party whip in July 2019 in protest of the party's response to antisemitism complaints|
|Lord Davies of Abersoch||Labour|
|Lord Elis-Thomas||Plaid Cymru|
|Baroness Falkner of Margravine||Liberal Democrat|
|Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint||Conservative|
|Lord Hanningfield||Conservative||Briefly suspended from the House following criminal conviction for false accounting[ citation needed ]|
|Lord Heseltine||Conservative||Suspended from party whip after expressing support for Liberal Democrats in 2019 European Parliament elections|
|Lord Holmes of Richmond||Conservative|
|Lord Inglewood||Conservative||Excepted hereditary peer elected to Lords by Conservative hereditary peers|
|Lord Kalms||Conservative||Expelled after supporting UKIP in 2009 European elections|
|Earl of Kinnoull||Crossbench||Excepted hereditary peer elected to Lords by Crossbench hereditary peers|
|Lord Lea of Crondall||Labour||Suspended from party whip due to misconduct|
|Lord McFall of Alcluith||Labour||Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords (2016–present)|
|Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with lobbying scandal[ citation needed ]|
|Lord Mann||Labour||Previously a Labour MP|
|Lord Moonie||Labour||Resigned from party whip following suspension by party over accusations of transphobia [ citation needed ]|
|Duke of Norfolk||Crossbench||Earl Marshal|
|Earl of Oxford and Asquith||Liberal Democrat||Excepted hereditary peer elected to Lords by whole House vote|
|Lord Patel of Bradford||Labour|
|Lord Paul||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal[ citation needed ]|
|Lord Pearson of Rannoch||UK Independence||Resigned from party whip in protest of party leadership during Brexit negotiations|
|Lord Prior of Brampton||Conservative|
|Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick||Social Democratic|
and Labour Party
|Withdrew from SDLP due to party policy regarding House of Lords|
|Earl of Selborne||Conservative|
|Lord Smith of Finsbury||Labour|
|Lord Stone of Blackheath||Labour||Suspended from party whip due to misconduct|
|Baroness Stowell of Beeston||Conservative|
|Lord Taylor of Warwick||Conservative||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal and imprisonment for false accounting[ citation needed ]|
|Baroness Tonge||Liberal Democrat||Resigned from party whip in 2012 after Israeli Apartheid Week comments[ citation needed ]|
|Lord Triesman||Labour||Resigned from party whip in July 2019 in protest of the party's response to antisemitism complaints|
|Lord Turnberg||Labour||Resigned from party whip in July 2019 in protest of the party's response to antisemitism complaints|
|Lord Tyrie||Conservative||Entered the House without affiliation due to his role as Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority|
|Baroness Uddin||Labour||Following return from suspension from the House in connection with expenses scandal[ citation needed ]|
|Duke of Wellington||Conservative||Excepted hereditary peer elected to Lords by Conservative hereditary peers|
|Lord Willoughby de Broke||UKIP||Excepted hereditary peer elected to Lords by Conservative hereditary peers |
Also previously switched affiliation to UK Independence Party
|Baroness Wolf of Dulwich||Crossbench|
There are other members listed with an "Independent" designation within the House of Lords:
|Baroness Blackstone||Labour Independent||Previously sat as a Labour peer|
|Lord Maginnis of Drumglass||Independent Ulster Unionist||Resigned whip following homophobic remarks|
|Lord Owen||Independent Social Democrat||Left the Crossbench following a donation to Labour|
|Lord Stevens of Ludgate||Conservative Independent||Previously sat as a UKIP peer|
|Lord Stoddart of Swindon||Independent Labour||Expelled after supporting a Socialist Alliance candidate in the 2001 general election [ citation needed ]|
|Lord Truscott||Independent Labour||Resigned following the "cash for influence" allegations of 2009[ citation needed ]|
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