Lords seat for ex-MP

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FORMER West Suffolk MP Richard Spring has taken his seat in the House of Lords.

Mr Spring, who stood down last year after 19 years as an MP, has taken the title of Baron Risby of Haverhill.

The former MP is one of 54 new members.

Lord Spring was elected MP for Bury St Edmunds in 1992.

He later became the Conservative candidate for the new West Suffolk seat after a wholesale

boundary change in 1997.

He stood down ahead of last year’s General Election and was succeeded by Matthew Hancock.

Other well known faces who have received their peerages include actor, novelist and film director Julian Fellowes.

He sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords.