Appointments to life peerages are made by the Crown by letters patent under statute entitling the holders to rank as barons or baronesses and, unless disqualified by law, to receive writs of summons to attend, sit and vote in the House of Lords1.
By custom the Crown makes appointments to life peerages on the advice of the prime minister who receives nominations for consideration from other bodies including the opposition party leaders. There is no limit to the number of life peerages that may be created
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