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Media Bill - Second Reading (28 Feb 2024)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, the Media Bill is good, but it can be better. That is what I trust we will achieve during its passage here. We are so fortunate with our PSBs, which form a miraculous ecosystem that lies at the heart of our nation, our common understanding, our daily lives and our conversations. It is not only our unique selling point but the birthplace and cauldron that nurtures the extraordinary...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 133A (26 Feb 2024)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I apologise for not having been in the Chamber at Second Reading. Thousands of people have died because of Governments’ and officials’ lies and obfuscation about the contaminated blood scandal. This Government, and every Government for the past 40 years, should be ashamed. Perhaps this Government should be more ashamed than all because, when we finally got the long campaigned...

Conversion Therapy Prohibition (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 9 Feb 2024)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Winston. If my family, the state or the Church were to insist that I be homosexual, but I am not homosexual, that would be not only ridiculous but clearly detrimental to both my physical and mental well-being. But that is, effectively, what conversion therapy seeks to do in reverse, and what the Bill seeks to stop: practices...

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I would like to thank all noble Lords for their contributions; they were thoughtful and intelligent. The sense I get from the debate is that we are all struggling in a world where the old ways no longer hold sway, trying to think our way through to making it work for everyone. I also sense that this House really cares about the state of parliamentary democracy and standards in...

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I have no doubt that this noble House knows right from wrong, believes in decency, wisdom, truth and honesty, and values our freedoms and way of life and the vital part that parliamentary democracy and standards in public life play. Inevitably, much criticism in this debate will be levelled at the current Government, but this is about principles that are for all time and all...

Autumn Statement 2023 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to her place on the Treasury Bench. I will speak on the creative industries. The big players in the film industry are breathing a sigh of relief, having seen off the threatened restrictions on tax credit relief for commercial party transactions. They also welcome the announcement of the launch of a new consultation that could see tax relief expanded to cover...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to page 60 of the Infected Blood Inquiry's second interim report, published on 5 April, what work they have been done to register those eligible for interim compensation payments with existing support schemes, before the final report is published.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to recommendation 18 of the Infected Blood Inquiry's second interim report, published on 5 April, that a compensation scheme should be set up now and it should begin work this year.

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: It is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Devon, and I congratulate all those who made their maiden speeches. It reminds us all for a moment of our own maiden speeches. Mine was three minutes long, as I did not know I was allowed extra time. I am worried about the state of our democracy for many reasons, but today I want to focus on the damage being done by the Government’s creeping...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Plans to support the performing arts sectors throughout England – Baroness Featherstone. Short debate

Broadcasting: Children’s Television - Question ( 2 Feb 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, what steps are the Government taking to ensure that the children’s television production sector is internationally competitive?

Online Safety Bill - Second Reading ( 1 Feb 2023)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, the power to amplify, together with the volume and speed of the online world, has put power in the hands of individuals and organisations, for better or for worse. While we seek to control the worst, we also have to be aware that we now have the most extraordinary communication tool for ideas, gathering others to our cause and getting information around the world in a flash, as well...

Arts and Creative Industries Strategy - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Viscount, Lord Chandos, on bringing the debate and opening it so powerfully, and all noble Lords across the House for making a case for a strategy so ably. As always with regard to the creative sector, the most compelling, knowledgeable, logical and irrefutable arguments have been made by noble Lords across this House about the imperative for the Government...

Protection for Whistleblowing Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 2 Dec 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Ladyton, who made some excellent points. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Kramer on this vital Bill. I was leader of the opposition on Haringey Council when Victoria Climbié was murdered in 2000. “Lessons must be learned” was the oft-repeated answer to all the questions, but no one in authority listened or...

Gulf States: Human Rights Abuses - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cashman. I came to the Bar of the House to watch your Lordships debate the final part of the legislation on same-sex marriage, which I was the originator and architect of in the coalition Government. I stood on the shoulders of giants, some who fought and died for equal rights and some who are here in this debate today. It made me...

Freedom of Expression (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I too sat on the committee under the excellent chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, and now under the excellent chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell. The power to amplify, together with the volume and speed of the internet, have put power in the hands of individuals, organisations and tech companies, for better or worse. Now, we are seeking to control the worse,...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My understanding of the public consultation was that 96% of respondents wanted Channel 4 to remain as it is. So why are the Minister and the Government not listening to people?

Contaminated Blood Scandal: Interim Payments for Victims - Commons Urgent Question (20 Jul 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, my sister’s son, a haemophiliac, died from contaminated blood aged 35, leaving a 10 month-old baby daughter. All victims have a terrible story to tell. The interim payments should be made immediately, but what eats away at my sister and others is their quest for the truth against a government cover-up that resulted in thousands of further infections and deaths that could have been...

Elections: Multiple Voting - Question (14 Jun 2022)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of electors who vote more than once in an election because they are registered at two separate addresses.


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