Lord Falconer of Thoroton

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Recent appearances

  • Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate 6 Mar 2017

    My Lords, English law shows such an arrogant lack of compassion on this issue. In the Carter case in Canada, the Canadian Supreme Court set aside an identical law on three grounds: it forced people to go to an earlier death when they went to a jurisdiction that allowed assisted suicide; it manifestly infringed individuals’ right to dignity and autonomy at the time of their death; and...
  • Brexit: Article 50 - Statement 7 Nov 2016

    My Lords, I entirely endorse what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, said. I recognise that the Government cannot and should not try to control the press. I do not read the result of the referendum as throwing away all our constitutional protections. One of those constitutional protections is the rule of law—that depends upon the independence of the judiciary. The...
  • Exiting the European Union - Statement 5 Sep 2016

    I agree with the assessment by the Department for Exiting the European Union that it has a superb ministerial team and some of the brightest and best in Whitehall. An indication of the brilliance of the team is that we have probably spent 40 minutes on this topic and have gleaned two new facts in the course of this question and answer session. Those two facts concern the number of meetings...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1997

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 Committee (Lords) (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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