And we know next to nothing about him.
The results are in for the UK’s most exclusive (well, exclusionary) election – a vote to pick Parliament’s next hereditary peer. It’s so exclusive that we can’t find a picture of the winner.
There were 10 candidates in this Crossbench group by-election (and 31 eligible voters) – although one candidate dropped out.
The by-election was called following the retirement of Lord Walpole, with his replacement selected by hereditary peers of the Crossbench group.
Some background – the 1999 House of Lords Act removed all but 90 of the hereditary peers (and kept holders of the offices of Earl Marshall and Lord Great Chamberlain) – meaning 92 guaranteed aristocrats in Parliament in total.
Ever since, when one dies, there’s a ‘by-election’ to replace that peer. The only people eligible to vote are existing hereditary peers who sit in that group.
And today, the results of this latest democratic wonder/travesty came in. We know very little about the winner.
Nor it seems does the House of Lords itself.
A spokesperson for the Lords told me: “We don’t have any information on him,” apart from what was in his 46-word application.
Nor do they have contact details about him which they can give out – he won’t take his seat until September given that recess starts tomorrow.
Nonetheless, welcome to the 12th Baron Vaux of Harrowden (you can read all about the title here). He won a landslide with 16 out of the 27 votes. Unfortunately, there’s very little information about him online.
What we do know is that his aristocratic name was created was 1523 – and at the age of 52, he’s spritely compared to most peers.
Educated at Ampleforth College (annual boarding fees in 2017 – £32,392), Richard Hubert Gordon Gilbey is married and has two children. Baron Vaux is a businessman, a chartered accountant and was a runner up in the last crossbench by-election. And according to Companies House, he’s had a senior role in 13 companies.
His application for the Lords read: “For 15 years held senior positions in the technology sector, covering public sector, education and financial services, latterly as global head of corporate development for a $5bn US group. Interests in renewable energy, farming and Scotland. I am able to and would intend to contribute fully.”
We hope to learn more about this person who will get a vote on our laws for the rest of his life.
Josiah Mortimer is Editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter here.
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