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peerage

1. the whole body of peers; aristocracy
2. the position, rank, or title of a peer
3. (esp in the British Isles) a book listing the peers and giving genealogical and other information about them
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The Rev Geoff Waggett, the Rector of Ebbw Vale, who presided over Mr Law's funeral on Thursday, is also adamant Mr Law told him Mr Hain had made the peerage offer.
But the committee made clear it had deep reservations about handing over the peerage unless it could be sure Lord Ashcroft become resident in the UK for tax purposes.
It was then Mr Arbuthnot wrote back saying the financier did not believe that his tax domicile was relevant to the peerage.
Mr Ashcroft, whose elevation to the peerage was marred by the controversy over his tax exile status and former role as Belize's UN ambassador, said that he wanted his title to reflect his close ties to the central American state.
In the 1970s the then owner sold the rights to the Peerage and Baronetage.
The award of the peerage provoked anger among Labour and Tory peers last spring.
During the course of the interview, Mr Blair was said to have defended his actions in awarding the peerages.
And the peerages row has allowed those who wish to stir up trouble to suggest that somewhere in the background is the hand of Chancellor Gordon Brown, who is getting impatient to move house in Downing Street.
His spokesman said: "The Prime Minister explained why he nominated each of the individuals and he did so as party leader in respect of the peerages reserved for party supporters as other party leaders do.