Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Former Non-affiliated Peer

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Recent appearances

  • Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments 21 May 2018

    I have voted against a three-line whip on earlier amendments of this kind, and will do so again today on this amendment, or any others like it. I entirely agree with the Minister in all respects. The Bill is now fit for purpose and represents a fair compromise. Without making a meal of it, I regard the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord McNally, and similar ones, as unnecessary...
  • Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) 15 Jan 2018

    My Lords, it is a great pleasure on this occasion to speak after my noble friend Lord McNally and to agree with him. I am very glad to do so. Although he does not think much of lawyers, he would make a wonderful lawyer—and I mean that as a compliment. So far as this amendment is concerned, although the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, went back to the proclamations in explaining its...
  • Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (3rd Day) 10 Jan 2018

    I wonder whether I will win the sympathy of the House by saying that I am not going to make a speech. All I want to say is that I have given notice to my Chief Whip, as a cuckoo in the nest, that I cannot support these amendments and that if there is a Division I shall vote against them. The only other point I wish to make was made by the noble Lord, Lord Black, in passing, at the conclusion...

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Former Non-affiliated Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 13 October 1993

Left the House of Lords on 12 December 2018 — retired

Party was Liberal Democrat until 20 Feb 2018

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU Justice Sub-Committee (17 Oct 2017 to 21 Nov 2018)
  • Member, Constitution Committee (12 Jun 2013 to 12 May 2016)
  • Spokesperson for Women and Equality (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords (Discrimination Law Refrom), Women and Equality (21 Jul 2008 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Discrimination Law Reform, Work & Pensions (25 Oct 2007 to 6 Mar 2008)
  • Women & Equality, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities (10 Jan 2007 to 6 Jul 2007)
  • Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities (21 Mar 2006 to 10 Jan 2007)
  • Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities (1 Jun 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
  • Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Non-Departmental & Cross-Departmental Responsibilities (22 Feb 2005 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee E - Justice and Institutions (26 Nov 2003 to 26 Nov 2008)
  • Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (3 Jul 2001 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee E (6 Dec 1999 to 20 Nov 2003)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee F (28 Oct 1996 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (23 Nov 1994 to 17 Oct 1996)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee E (22 Nov 1994 to 17 Oct 1996)

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