Lord Purvis of Tweed

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

Liberal Democrat Peer

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Storm Arwen - Statement 2 Dec 2021

    My Lords, I associate myself and these Benches with the points made so eloquently by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, both now and at Questions earlier. Her frustration is representative of the many people who must declare an interest in this issue. When I came down from the Borders last Monday, I had no power in my house; when I arrived back there on Friday there were eight outages...
  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Motion to Take Note 2 Dec 2021

    My Lords, I think the mood of the House is to want to hear answers from the Minister to the questions which the noble Lord, Lord Collins, so clearly asked in introducing this debate. We are indebted to him for bringing this matter to us and for the way in which he introduced it. I will briefly comment on the categories into which those questions fall. Before I do so, I also wish to remark on...
  • Afghanistan - Question for Short Debate 2 Dec 2021

    My Lords, I also very warmly commend my noble friend Lord Roberts for securing this very important debate. I commend his essential humanity in what he brings to this Chamber and how he does so. I have been struck over recent months by the stark contrast between the urgency of the withdrawal and the lack of urgency in the humanitarian response. That has been the thread running through the...

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Liberal Democrat Peer, Former Liberal Democrat MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

Entered the House of Lords on 22 October 2013

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 1 May 2003 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2011 — Election

Also represented Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (since 7 Oct 2021)
  • Member, European Affairs Committee (since 14 Apr 2021)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Development) (since 5 Jan 2021)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Trade) (since 28 Oct 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (25 May 2016 to 28 Jan 2021)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (1 Jun 2015 to 7 Sep 2015)

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