The House of Lords Appointments Commission has nominated four new peers, all of whom would sit on the cross-benches. Among them is Tanni Grey-Thompson, the recently-retired paralympian - and probably Wales' most successful athlete. I know that Dame Tanni has studied politics as an academic subject, and that she has fronted at least one Labour Party-sponsored event, so it is interesting that she has chosen not to associate herself with any particular party.
The other nominations are:
• Sir Michael Bichard, Chair of the Design Council and Director of the Institute for Government
• Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and Chair of the Cultural Olympiad and
• Professor Ajay Kakkar, Surgeon and Medical Researcher with a special interest in thrombosis
One assumes that, unless some financial or moral skeleton is found in the cupboard, all will be confirmed in due course.