Lord West of Spithead

Labour 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

  • Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Type 26 Frigates 30 Nov 2022

    To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 17 November (HL3222), whether the delivery rate of Type 26 frigates to initial operating capability, after HMS Glasgow, will be once every 12 months.
  • Counterterrorism: Martyn’s Law - Question 23 Nov 2022

    My Lords, in 2009, I signed off a mass of work to do with security in crowded places. My right honourable friend was in a nearby office at the time and we increased the number of NaCTSOs, as well. Can the Minister confirm that that work—a great deal of work—on exactly this stuff is being looked at and used in the context of this legislation? If not, as with so many things, we will be...
  • Fleet Solid Support Ships - Commons Urgent Question 22 Nov 2022

    My Lords, while I am always pathetically grateful when we get an order for some ships, there are some real risks here. How big is the workforce at Harland & Wolff at the moment? When did it last build a ship there for the Royal Navy? Is it true that 60% by value of this contract will go to the Spanish firm, which effectively established its UK office just a matter of months ago?

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 9 July 2007

Currently held offices

  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (since 14 Jul 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (3 Dec 2015 to 27 Apr 2017)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (12 Jun 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office (1 Aug 2007 to 11 May 2010)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism) (29 Jun 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office (28 Jun 2007 to 1 Aug 2007)

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