Former Labour Peer
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My Lords, I have the very great pleasure to serve on the Select Committee on Communications, under the distinguished chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Best. I also pay tribute to our assistants, clerks and special adviser, to whom he referred. The BBC played a very important part in my life, both in my childhood and after. I must declare that interest straight away. Each day at 5 pm, while...
My Lords, like every other Member of your Lordships’ House, it seems, I am an enthusiastic member of the Lord Burns fan club. I shall make a very short contribution because I was a member of the committee only briefly. I took the place of my noble friend Lord Richard, who had been taken ill. I am pleased to report that he has recovered and has returned to the House, although I expect that...
My Lords, I want to speak briefly. I was going to save myself until Report, but this afternoon I was provoked into speaking by the reference by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, to Andrew Congreve. Andrew Congreve is a partner of mine at Herbert Smith. We both went to the post office to get our TV licences when we heard that the fee was going to be increased. Andrew Congreve was...
Former Labour Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 16 June 2004
Left the House of Lords on 3 August 2017
Positions held at time of appointment: Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. (from Number 10 press release)
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