I thereafter asked the Labour government to recommend to the Queen that she grant a uniquely Scottish procedure, a resettlement-by-letters patent, to end the sexist rules of male only succession to my family's titles. As a Scots Peer this was and is my right to request such a resettlement. What I did not expect was that the Labour government would not act on my request without a massive "donation" of one million pounds or more.
I ended up providing evidence to the Scotland Yard investigation into Tony Blair's illegal sales of peerages. Behind the scenes, it was most likely my case that provided the key leverage to force then Prime Minister Blair to agree to resign. His legal defense to the 'Cash for Peerages' scandal was that the peerages in question were "working party peerages" and not "honours" in the traditional sense. My case, which involved centuries old hereditary Scots Peerages ('honours' in the traditional sense by any definition) proved the lie behind his legal defense.
However, I have still not received the requested resettlement to end the male only sexist rules of succession to my titles. Jack Straw, Gordon Brown's Lord Chancellor and Minister of Justice, has refused to follow the law and authorize such a formal request. I am being punished for not being a 'good boy' and filling the Labour Party's bank account with the "suggested" level of donation. This shocking 'Third World' type of government is likely to come to a halt in a few days, however, I want to see that the future Prime Minister ends this form of law based gender based human rights violation. Women should be allowed to succeed to hereditary titles in birth rank order, the same as men. So I am publicly requesting that the next Prime Minister agree to allow succession to my family's titles to "my heirs general in birth rank order" and to propose legislation to allow this for all hereditary titles in the United Kingdom.
My book, 'CASH FOR PEERAGES: THE SMOKING GUN' , has detailed information on my story with the Labour government ~ link