Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Former MP


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Recent appearances

  • National Security Capability Review - Statement 15 Jan 2018

    Does the noble Earl realise that the continued delay in making key decisions about future capabilities is simply paralysing decision-making inside the Ministry of Defence and encouraging our opponents outside? Our allies in NATO will also be dismayed at the fact that these decisions are still pending, still waiting and seem to be kicked further down the road. Is he not concerned that this is...
  • Israel: DfID Secretary of State Meetings - Statement 7 Nov 2017

    We have the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs telling a Select Committee of the House something that was not correct, and now we have another Secretary of State—for International Development—telling the press and the world that she had told the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in advance of her visit, then saying that she did not do it....
  • Armed Forces: Capability - Motion to Take Note 12 Jan 2017

    It is difficult to mount any form of attack on the noble Earl who is so gentle and so apparently reasonable that we are all disarmed at the end. But there is a long-standing belief that no plan survives the first engagement with the enemy. Since the SDSR was published last year, we have had the Brexit referendum, with profound implications for the direction of British defence policy....

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 24 August 1999

Previously MP for Hamilton South until 23 August 1999 — Became peer

Entered the House of Commons on 31 May 1978 — unknown

Party was Labour until 23 Aug 1999; Other until 2 Feb 2000; Crossbench until 28 Jan 2004

Also represented Hamilton South; Hamilton

Other offices held in the past

  • Secretary General of NATO (11 Oct 1999 to 5 Jan 2004)
  • Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (3 May 1997 to 11 Oct 1999)
  • The Secretary of State for Defence (3 May 1997 to 11 Oct 1999)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1993 to 1 May 1997)


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