Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland)

Labour Peer

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Recent appearances

  • Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Second Reading 14 Sep 2021

    My Lords, I am obliged to the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, for her clear but inevitably incomplete description of the Bill. Her incomplete description of it is not her fault. We support some of the measures in the Bill, in particular those that seek to increase penalties for sexual and violent crime, but the presentation of the Bill in this form is an affront to the rule of law and the role...
  • Royal Commission on the Criminal Justice System - Question 6 Jul 2021

    My Lords, there have been three Questions in your Lordships’ House to the Ministry of Justice in the last two weeks: on inaccessible child trust funds, difficulties about marriage law, and now the criminal justice system. In all three areas, Members of your Lordships’ House described the talk from the Ministry of Justice and then the doing of nothing. On criminal justice, the Chief...
  • Marriage and Religious Weddings - Question 28 Jun 2021

    My Lords, the 2015 review by the noble Baroness, Lady Casey, said that, as of 2015, there were up to 100,000 sharia marriages in the UK, “many of which are not recognised under UK laws and leave women without full legal rights upon divorce.” Her review warned that this was worrying in a group with lower levels of female employment and English language. Crucially, the noble Baroness said:...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1997

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland) (since 18 May 2021)
  • Shadow Advocate-General for Scotland (since 18 May 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (since 15 Apr 2020)
  • Shadow Attorney General (since 6 Apr 2020)
  • Member, Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (since 20 Jun 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (11 May 2015 to 26 Jun 2016)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Constitutional and Deputy Priministerial Issues) (17 Oct 2011 to 11 May 2015)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (8 Oct 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (9 May 2007 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (9 May 2007 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (9 Oct 2006 to 1 Jun 2007)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee (4 Oct 2006 to 12 Oct 2006)
  • Member, Constitutional Reform Bill Committee (22 Mar 2004 to 24 Jun 2004)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (16 Jul 2003 to 8 Nov 2006)
  • Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (13 Jun 2003 to 9 May 2007)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (12 Jun 2003 to 24 May 2005)
  • Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor (12 Jun 2003 to 8 May 2007)
  • Minister of State (Criminal Policy), Home Office (29 May 2002 to 13 Jun 2003)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice System) (29 May 2002 to 12 Jun 2003)
  • Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
  • Minister of State (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions) (Housing & Planning) (8 Jun 2001 to 28 May 2002)
  • Minister of State, Cabinet Office (28 Jul 1998 to 11 Jun 2001)
  • Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department (5 May 1997 to 28 Jul 1998)

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