Baroness Smith of Newnham

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat Peer

Recent appearances

  • Ukraine - Motion to Take Note 21 Sep 2023

    My Lords, this has been a very welcome debate and, like other noble Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Goldie, for bringing it. I am very glad that I do not have to respond from the Government Front Bench, but I note that it is currently 4.15 pm and the Order Paper suggests that the House is expected to rise at 7 pm. That suggests an awfully long time for the Front Benches to wind, but I...
  • Armed Forces: Troop Levels - Question 21 Sep 2023

    My Lords, the Question on the Order Paper is very much about troop numbers, not the wider defence offer. Could the Minister tell us whether 72,000 regulars really is sufficient? Should we not go back to at least 80,000? What is the whole force offer—is there a commitment to increasing the number of reserves, because we have not really seen that either?
  • Afghan Resettlement - Statement 19 Sep 2023

    My Lords, from these Benches, I agree wholeheartedly with many of the points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, about the debt we owe to the Afghans who served with us, which is noted in the Statement that the Minister just repeated. We need to reiterate that, because the Statement in many ways is almost like a Home Office document: “Right, we’ve got this issue, we’ve relocated...

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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)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence) (since 29 Aug 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (25 May 2016 to 28 Jan 2021)

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