Lord Purvis of Tweed

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Development)

Liberal Democrat Peer

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Recent appearances

  • Zimbabwe: Human Rights - Question 22 Jul 2021

    My Lords, the note of 30 June that my noble friend Lord Oates referred to is the framework agreement with the Government regarding these flights, which the British Embassy indicated “would start with around 100 possible persons … We agreed the flight would focus on Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) and (if capacity allowed) some immigration offenders.” On the media points, it stated...
  • Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement 21 Jul 2021

    My Lords, decisions made by the Boris Johnson Government, not the EU, over the last year have meant that, for the first time in our history, a Government of the UK are compelling UK businesses that trade within the UK to Northern Ireland to register with the Government as an exporter. Any goods from GB to Northern Ireland will have to be separately conformity-assessed and separately labelled...
  • Overseas Development Assistance - Private Notice Question 14 Jul 2021

    My Lords, as the sponsor of the legislation through this House, I calmly say to the Minister that, when he refers to the spirit of the legislation, that spirit was based on a two decades-long consensus that we should not only meet our obligation to the world’s poorest but sustain it. We have enshrined it in a law that the Government are now moving away from, using executive authority. If...

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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

  • 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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