Baroness Smith of Newnham

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

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

  • G7 Summit - Question 26 Nov 2020

    My Lords, in his initial Answer the Minister talked about “our people”. Can he reassure the House and, indeed, any current recipient of overseas development aid, that “our people” means everyone, and that the United Kingdom, with the presidency of the G7, will be outward looking and supportive, not introspective, inward looking and narrow minded?
  • Nuclear Weapons - Question 25 Nov 2020

    My Lords, the Minister suggested that there is probably a different philosophy between those who believe in a non-proliferation regime and those who believe in a prohibition regime. Can she tell the House what work the Government are doing to take us down the nuclear ladder and reduce the amount of nuclear capabilities, because surely the aim we all have is a multilateral solution to ending...
  • Integrated Review - Statement 23 Nov 2020

    My Lords, I suspect that the Prime Minister’s Statement divides Peers, MPs and everybody else, to an extent, into those of us who speak on defence issues and those concerned about wider issues. Therefore, while I obviously welcome what the Statement said on defence expenditure, like other Peers, I ask the Minister what has happened to the 0.7% legal commitment to development aid. In the...

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 21 October 2014

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence) (since 29 Aug 2019)
  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (since 25 May 2016)

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