Right choice, wrong reason: Andrew Lloyd-Webber resigns as a Tory peer

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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  1. NMac October 17, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Good riddance.

  2. Roland Laycock October 17, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    To stay at the top he as to stay in the Tory Party

  3. The Toffee October 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Wasn’t that busy when he flew back from the US to EXCLUSIVELY vote for the tax credit cuts to working-class people…The ONLY time he’d voted in the lords for TWO YEARS…

    Good riddance to old ‘inside-out face’.

  4. vondreassen October 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    maybe he should remove the famous “lights out” photo from his downstairs loo ?

  5. hugosmum70 October 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I love cats and phantom of the opera…. sounds to me like hes better off sticking to his music whatever genre it is. 1 less tory lord .

  6. Dez October 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    At least he is being transparent and not hanging on in there with false pretence or for the honour of being a Lord. Hopefully he will be replaced with someone equally honest and not another freeloader popping in to collect their nice little earner.

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