Lord Best

Crossbench 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

  • Health and Care Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 59 20 Jan 2022

    My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howarth of Newport, for his inspiring speech. I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I also chair the University of Oxford’s Commission on Creating Healthy Cities, which brings together academics, policymakers and practitioners. We hope to support city leaders and their citizens by shedding light on the policy...
  • Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 160 17 Jan 2022

    My Lords, I apologise for being forced to move Amendment 160 and to speak to amendment 165 at this ridiculous hour. I hope that your Lordships can please hang on for just another few minutes, and I express my deep appreciation to those who have stayed to support these amendments to the Vagrancy Act 1824, which would be repealed by Amendment 160. I pay tribute to my colleagues from all parts...
  • Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 160 17 Jan 2022

    My Lords, I am sincerely grateful to noble Lords who supported the case for repeal of the Vagrancy Act. I thank the Minister for her comments, but I confess to being very disappointed that she has not been able to commit to a Third Reading amendment covering the repeal of just the rough sleeping part of the Vagrancy Act. Even though she made it clear that this will happen sometime one day,...

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Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 26 June 2001

Currently held offices

  • Member, Built Environment Committee (since 14 Apr 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (16 Oct 2018 to 23 Apr 2020)
  • Chair, Communications and Digital Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 27 Apr 2017)
  • Chair, Communications and Digital Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 27 Apr 2017)
  • Member, Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee (16 May 2013 to 6 Nov 2013)
  • Member, Information Committee (Lords) (16 May 2013 to 14 May 2014)
  • Member, Economic Affairs Committee (13 Nov 2007 to 1 May 2012)
  • Member, Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (10 May 2004 to 15 Sep 2004)
  • Member, Audit Committee (Lords) (13 Nov 2002 to 26 Nov 2008)

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