Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

Labour Peer

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Public Order Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 63 7 Feb 2023

    I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 247, Noes 192.
  • Public Order Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 56 7 Feb 2023

    My Lords, to be clear at the outset, we will support Amendment 56 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, and I will not divide the House on Amendment 59. I shall speak to Amendment 63, which is tabled in my name and has cross-party and Cross-Bench support. I welcome the positive move that the Government have made on SDPOs, particularly removing electronic monitoring and limiting an...
  • Rwanda: Memorandum of Understanding - Question for Short Debate 6 Feb 2023

    My Lords, as we have heard from my noble and learned friend Lord Morris, it was in 1924 that the original Ponsonby rule was put in place; indeed, he was my great grandfather. The noble Lord, Lord Kerr, believes that elements of that are still in place, even though the Government believe the CRaG Act supersedes the Ponsonby rule. Nevertheless, the principles underlying the Ponsonby rule are...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 19 April 2000

Positions held at time of appointment: Former Spokesman on Education, House of Lords; Delegate, Council of Europe and WEU (from Number 10 press release)

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (since 18 May 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (since 15 Apr 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Charities Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (22 Jul 2021 to 18 Nov 2021)
  • Member, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint) Committee (6 Mar 2019 to 14 Jun 2019)
  • Member, Constitution Committee (28 Jun 2001 to 7 Nov 2002)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (8 Dec 1998 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee 2 (24 Nov 1998 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Hereditary Peer (26 Jun 1991 to 11 Nov 1999)

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