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Andrew Lloyd Webber has not spoken in the House of Lords since January [Image: David Parry/PA].

If only he had announced his retirement from writing musicals as well.

The theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has quit as a Conservative peer, saying his busy schedule is incompatible with the demands of the House of Lords with crucial Brexit legislation ahead.

Lloyd Webber, whose musicals include Cats and Phantom of the Opera, was given a peerage in 1997 but has not spoken in the House of Lords this year and only votes occasionally.

In a letter sent to the Conservative chief whip, Lloyd Webber said he was currently in the busiest period of his career, including long periods in the US, which meant he was unable to commit to attending key votes in the future.

Source: Andrew Lloyd Webber quits as Conservative peer | Culture | The Guardian


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