Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Labour Peer

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Armed Forces: Resilience - Motion to Take Note 26 Jan 2023

    My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hintze, in his maiden speech. I applaud and agree with his final sentiment that complacency is not an option. I know him well and recognise his remarkable and successful business career, his pride in his Australian background, especially so on this Australia Day, and his remarkable record for philanthropy, not only to the Armed...
  • Ukraine: Update - Statement 19 Jan 2023

    My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. Through her, I thank all those at the Ministry of Defence who are assisting Ukraine at this difficult time. The Ukrainians are defending themselves but, in defending their country and themselves, they are defending us as well. Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he is at war with the West and with us; we must take that extremely...
  • Preparing for Extreme Risks (RARPC Report) - Motion to Take Note 12 Jan 2023

    My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Arbuthnot, on his skilled and very patient leadership in this important committee of inquiry. I join him in thanking and commending the staff who carefully listened to our deliberations and to the evidence presented, and who distilled, with such skill and mastery, an account of our conclusions. We are immensely lucky in...

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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

Currently held offices

  • Member, Constitution Committee (since 2 Feb 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee (15 Oct 2020 to 24 Nov 2021)
  • 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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