Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville (Conservative) Peter Brooke.


Office: House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW Tel: 020 7219 2150 Email: brookep@parliament.uk


He was a MP for Cities of London and Westminster from 1977 to 2001 and was subsequently appointed a life peer. He is Chairman of the Association of Conservative Peers. Educated at Marlborough, Balliol College, Oxford and Harvard Business School. At Oxford, he was President of the Oxford Union. Before being elected to Parliament, he worked as a headhunter and was Chairman of Spencer Stuart. He was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1987 to 1989. Lord Brooke was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 1992.

Electronic Voting

Saw first hand the effects of postal voting fraud in Tower Hamlets. Worries about fraud and the rush for more technical solutions before the basics of honest and fair elections are covered.

House of Lords debate Use of personal identifier information 15 May 2006

...I share with my noble friend the experience in the run-up to the local government elections of concern that fraud was continuing to occur in one form or another, notably in postal voting. In the aftermath of the election, it emerged that some people turned up to vote and were told that they had voted already, presumably because a postal vote had been claimed in their name. My vote is not significant in the context of Tower Hamlets, yet as a single voter there, I was very much concerned that the pattern of the election was likely to be affected by a relatively massive fraud in certain buildings in the borough.
We have said at various stages during the passage of this Bill that, although we understand the Government's concern to increase the number of people voting, it is still much more important that those who vote should have the right to vote and should not have stolen the vote of somebody else. Too much haste does cause less speed.
I realise that Amendment No. 46 relates specifically to the Government's enthusiasm for becoming more technological. I would hope that we will not become more technological until we have managed in more conventional methods of voting to deliver a system which is universally regarded by the electorate as honest and fair.