The Duke of Somerset

Crossbench Peer

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  • Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) 17 Oct 2019

    My Lords, while we appreciate that few of the Bills alluded to in the Queen’s Speech will be brought forward before the next election, they indicate what the Conservative Party might do in the event that it wins a majority. However, it is also clear that, economically, the UK would be far better off under the status quo of membership rather than under any or no deal. Many parts of these...
  • Brexit: Movement of People in the Cultural Sector (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note 15 May 2019

    My Lords, it is the evidence from those on the front line—the experts, whose names are published at the back of this report—that goes to the nub of the Brexit problem: the ending of free movement of people. That is particularly true in the cultural sector, as the report demonstrates very well. Quotes such as “a big risk to the country’s soft power and creative reputation” are...
  • Brexit - Motion to Take Note 25 Mar 2019

    My Lords, “I’m 16 … Your Vote, My Future”. That was a placard photographed on the front of the Evening Standard and published on Friday. One headline said that 1 million people “marched to stop” the Brexit “madness”; another one said that over 5.5 million people had signed the petition to revoke Article 50. I do not imagine that Mrs May even noticed these headlines, or looked...

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Entered the House of Lords on 17 December 2014

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