Baroness Blackstone

Independent Labour Peer

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Independent Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 18 March 1987

Party was Labour until 1 Jan 2018

Currently held offices

  • Member, Preterm Birth Committee (since 7 Mar 2024)
  • Member, European Affairs Committee (since 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Freedom of Information Advisory Panel (Lords) (since 7 Dec 2004)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee ( 1 Jul 2019 to 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committee (17 May 2018 to 26 Mar 2019)
  • Member, Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (23 Oct 2017 to 4 Jun 2018)
  • Member, Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee (25 May 2016 to 5 Apr 2017)
  • Member, Finance Bill Sub-Committee ( 8 Jan 2014 to 11 Mar 2014)
  • Member, Economic Affairs Committee (16 May 2013 to 12 May 2016)
  • Member, Public Service and Demographic Change Committee (29 May 2012 to 5 Mar 2013)
  • Minister of State (the Arts), Department for Culture, Media & Sport (11 Jun 2001 to 13 Jun 2003)
  • Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts) (11 Jun 2001 to 13 Jun 2003)
  • Minister of State (Education and Employment), Department for Education and Employment ( 5 May 1997 to 11 Jun 2001)

Recent appearances

  • Conflict-induced Food Insecurity - Question 21 May 2024

    My Lords, does the Foreign Secretary agree that the other countries that initially blocked funding for UNRWA have now restored it, with the exception of the United States? Why will the UK not restore funding as well, given the urgency to get UNRWA working again and delivering the aid so desperately needed by starving members of the Gazan population?
  • Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 14 May 2024

    My Lords, I strongly support what my noble friend Lady Drake has put forward in her amendment and very much hope that the Government will respond positively to it and accept it. I listened carefully to what the noble Baronesses, Lady Noakes and Lady Altmann, said. I know that their arguments were made sincerely, but I was surprised that they were somewhat complacent in brushing aside the...
  • Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 7 May 2024

    My Lords, I would like to add my support to that already given to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Willetts. I should declare a past interest, if not a present one. I worked for many years as an academic and led two higher education institutions, where I was very much involved in international collaborations. Indeed, as a Minister, I led the then Labour Government’s campaign, known as...

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