Lord Owen

Independent Social Democrat 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

  • Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) 18 May 2022

    My Lords, there is a very clear need throughout the allied world for unity, and I shall therefore deal very quickly with the Irish protocol. I believe that there is no way that this country will accept abandoning a treaty by an Act of law without first a serious attempt at arbitration. That is why we have the Vienna conventions, and it is in my view inconceivable that this legislation should...
  • Ukraine - Motion to Take Note 25 Feb 2022

    My Lords, as we debate, people are laying down their lives for the freedom of their country. I know we all respect that very greatly. We are helped in doing so by the serious tone of this debate, particularly the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Sedwill, who is very welcome. The noble Lord, Lord Robertson, who knows the President of Russia very well and has met him, pointed to what he...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospital Beds 17 Dec 2021

    To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average bed occupancy in NHS hospitals in England per year for the last 30 years for which figures are available.

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Independent Social Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 30 June 1992

Party was Crossbench until 3 Mar 2014

Other offices held in the past

  • Leader of the Social Democratic Party (3 Mar 1988 to 6 Jun 1990)
  • Leader of the Social Democratic Party (21 Jun 1983 to 6 Aug 1987)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Energy (3 May 1979 to 1 Nov 1980)
  • Foreign Secretary (21 Feb 1977 to 4 May 1979)
  • Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (10 Sep 1976 to 21 Feb 1977)
  • Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Security) (26 Jul 1974 to 10 Sep 1976)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Security) (8 Mar 1974 to 26 Jul 1974)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Royal Navy) (3 Jul 1968 to 18 Jun 1970)

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