Lord Thomas of Swynnerton

Former Crossbench Peer

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Recent appearances

  • European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) 21 Feb 2017

    My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, has often shown by his example something which can inspire us. As speaker number 112 on this list, I must be your Lordships’ dinner gong as well. This is quite appropriate since, as a historian, I found in my archives a reference to the Flemings—when they negotiate, they ask you to lunch. This pearl of wisdom derives from a history of the 16th...
  • Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) 24 May 2016

    My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, who we in this House know has done noble work in relation to the battle against terrorism. I turn to the paragraphs in the gracious Speech that are of a constitutional nature, because the great political enormity with which we are faced in this Parliament is the referendum. I am not going to talk about the subject of the...
  • European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016 — Motion to Approve 2 Mar 2016

    I hope I may be allowed to speak as a euro-Thatcherite, a designation of a very important political party, at the moment rather small but nevertheless eloquent and hopeful, in that we believe that we should carry through the reforms that Lady Thatcher created or inspired in this country, and also carry them through in the European Union. Some wise men have been able to speculate...

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Former Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1981

Left the House of Lords on 7 May 2017

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) (27 Nov 2006 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Member, Library and Computers Sub Committee (6 Dec 1988 to 1 Nov 1990)
  • Member, Select Committee on Broadcasting (19 Jun 1986 to 15 May 1987)
  • Member, Televising of Proceedings of the House (L) Committee (5 Dec 1984 to 15 May 1986)
  • Member, European Union Committee (28 Jun 1983 to 6 Nov 1986)

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