Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Labour Peer

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Profile

Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1997

Currently held offices

  • Member, Constitution Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland) (18 May 2021 to 29 Nov 2021)
  • Shadow Advocate-General for Scotland (18 May 2021 to 29 Nov 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (15 Apr 2020 to 29 Nov 2021)
  • Shadow Attorney General ( 6 Apr 2020 to 29 Nov 2021)
  • Member, Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (20 Jun 2019 to 23 Jul 2019)
  • 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)

Recent appearances

  • Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Second Reading 13 May 2024

    I have been focusing on the recent trips to the Court of Appeal. I do not know whether there were trips to the Court of Appeal in the immediate aftermath of the convictions that started in 1996. Are we talking only about recent trips to the Court of Appeal or are we including trips that might have been a decade ago, before the nature of the scandal was known?
  • Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Second Reading 13 May 2024

    My Lords, the heroes of this story are Alan Bates and the sub-postmasters. Having been wrongly convicted, and in order to establish their innocence, they brought a piece of incredibly expensive civil litigation. This was fought all the way by the Post Office. As Sir Wyn Williams will tell us, there are signs that it deliberately suppressed evidence even then. Alan Bates won in front of a...
  • End of Custody Supervised Licence Scheme: Extension - Commons Urgent Question 13 May 2024

    As somebody who has faced the dilemma that the current Lord Chancellor faces, I am not unsympathetic to the position of the Government. I understand they are doing it because the prisons are too full. Could the Minister explain what effect the fact that the prisons are too full is now having on the way the Government are dealing with the backlog in the Crown Court? There are 66,000 cases...

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