Baroness Linklater of Butterstone

Former Liberal 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) 4 Jun 2015

    My Lords, my contribution to this debate on the Queen’s Speech comes under the broad heading of “welfare reform”, and would more properly have been given during yesterday’s debate, making as it does the essential interconnection and correlation between social and economic disadvantage on the one hand, and offending behaviour on the other. So I am particularly grateful for this...
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (2nd Day) 22 Oct 2014

    My Lords, this amendment contains two aspects which cause concern. One is the use of force—a matter of grave concern when dealing with young offenders—and the other is secure colleges, a new idea from the Government that fills us with despair and gloom. This is one of the most sensitive and difficult areas of all offender management. The secure college rules sanction the use of...
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) 21 Jul 2014

    My Lords, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has found, “that it is incompatible with Articles 3 and 8 ECHR for any law, whether primary or secondary legislation, to authorise the use of force on children and young people for the purposes of … discipline … we recommend that the relevant provision in Schedule 4 of the Bill should be deleted, and the Bill should be amended to make...

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Former Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1997

Left the House of Lords on 12 February 2016

Other offices held in the past

  • Spokesperson in the Lords (Penal Reform), Home Affairs (1 Jun 2005 to 8 Jan 2009)

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