One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to address or refer to another member of one's own party in the House of Lords.
- ‘Will my noble friend confirm that he has no veto over the Services Directive?’
- ‘My Lords, I am sorry but I cannot help my noble friend about the status of the Americans.’
- ‘My Lords, I thank my noble friend for her answer.’
- ‘I hope that what I have said has convinced my noble friend that there is no need for this amendment.’
- ‘On the issue of the services directive and, indeed, the Social Chapter, my noble friend is absolutely right.’
- ‘My Lords, of course I thank my noble friend for his congratulations.’
- ‘My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that comprehensive reply.’
- ‘My Lords, I thank my noble friend and congratulate her on the Government's response so far to this overwhelming and exceptional crisis.’
- ‘Then Lord Hunt of Kings Heath chipped in: ‘My Lords, has my noble friend noticed that as the nation seems to get fatter and fatter, the seats on our trains get thinner and thinner?’’
- ‘I think it is a matter of perfect indifference to my noble friend whether these documents are produced or not.’
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