Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

Liberal Democrat

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Recent appearances

  • Universal Credit - Statement 5 Nov 2018

    My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, on her analysis of the changes that have been made. Some are very welcome, but we are still facing a major, dramatic piece of administrative change. It will severely affect vulnerable families who are on low legacy benefits at the moment. I do not think it is safe to do this without somehow making an attempt to get an impact...
  • Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note 1 Nov 2018

    My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Young of Norwood Green. I particularly like his idea that it would be useful to hear what the noble Lord, Lord Freud, thought about Patricia Hollis. I think that through gritted teeth, he would give a generous appreciation of the experience he had in Committee in 2012 during the passage of the Welfare Reform Act, where she took the...
  • Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note 1 Nov 2018

    I beg the noble Lord’s pardon. I had understood from the way he was making his argument that he was involved in the Centre for Social Justice work that led to—

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 14 June 2005

Previously MP for Roxburgh and Berwickshire until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, 1983-2005. Liberal Democrat convenor and spokesman on welfare, 1988-1992; on social security, 1992-1994 and from 1997-2001; on community care, 1994-1997; Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, 1992-1997. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Also represented Roxburgh and Berwickshire

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Currently held offices

  • Member, SLSC Sub-Committee B (since 4 Sep 2018)
  • Member, Draft Health Service Safety Investigation Bill (Joint Committee) (since 15 May 2018)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (since 12 Oct 2017)
  • Member, Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (since 27 Jun 2017)
  • Member, Services Committee (since 1 Sep 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Financial Exclusion Committee (25 May 2016 to 25 Mar 2017)
  • Member, Digital Skills Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 4 Feb 2015)
  • Chair, Information Committee (Lords) (22 Jun 2010 to 14 May 2014)
  • Member, Information Committee (Lords) (25 Nov 2009 to 22 Jun 2010)
  • Spokesperson for Work and Pensions (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee G - Social Policies and Consumer Protection (13 Nov 2007 to 17 Oct 2011)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Work & Pensions (27 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Member, Court of Referees Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Chairman, Work and Pensions Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Chair, Work and Pensions Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Chair, Social Security Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (27 Apr 1992 to 5 May 2005)
  • Member, Committee of Selection (27 Apr 1992 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Liberal Democrat Chief Whip (1 Jan 1992 to 31 Dec 1997)
  • Member, Court of Referees (17 Jun 1987 to 5 May 2005)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
Unremunerated Chairman of the trustees of Joseph Rowntree Social Service Charitable Trust (JRSS Charitable Trust)
Unremunerated Chairman and director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited (JRRT Limited); who meet occasional costs incurred as Chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee in providing hospitality to guests and witnesses not otherwise met by House rules on expenses.
Member, Royal College of Nursing Parliamentary Panel (no remuneration).

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