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Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (6 Apr 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...having supported Section 28. In 2013 he supported same-sex marriage, but it is still not allowed in Northern Ireland. In her important and timely book, The Enemy Within, the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, recalled how her party had rabble-roused the party faithful at conferences and meetings against gay people and enacted legislation that stigmatised them from birth. She wrote that she was...

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Archives (21 Nov 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 8 November (WA 83), whether the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives will publish decisions taken at its meetings, including those taken at the Council's meeting scheduled on 14 November.

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Mar 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...necessary to deal with the problem of legal uncertainty if the Government were satisfied that there was evidence of discrimination. During the debates that then took place, the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, played a conspicuous role. I was looking back to some of the things that she said. She referred to a study, Hidden Apartheid-Voice of the Community-Caste and Caste Discrimination in the...

Equality Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: This amendment needs to be considered together with Amendments 113 and 114, which were tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, and which are designed to have a similar effect. Their origin is the concerns expressed by the BBC and Channel 4 that the Bill could result in inappropriate interference with the editorial independence of broadcasters and so have a negative effect on the range and...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: It is extremely useful that the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, has gone to such trouble to explain the amendment. The knowledge that she has given the Committee is most valuable. However I do not think that, on reflection, she would be in favour of her own amendment. The consequence of leaving out Clause 15(2) would be that even if an employer did not know, and could not reasonably have been...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...would be too much-but at least by the employment tribunals that have to deal with these matters and by specialists in this area. When I began to look at the Bill, like the noble Baronesses, Lady Warsi and Lady Howe, I was tempted to push the Government to go further. However, Ministers allowed me to have a lengthy meeting with members of the Bill team, who convinced me, after detailed...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...clause that would allow the insurance industry in general to discriminate on the basis of race or any other protected ground. I know that that is something with which the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, would agree. Therefore, I hope that the Minister will confirm that the Government will be rock-like and steadfast in standing up to any pressure from the insurance industry that would allow...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: .... She mentioned European equality law. I realise that she is not a lawyer, but would I be right in saying that if the words "because of" have the narrower meaning that the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, is concerned about, it would violate EU equality legislation and therefore be invalid? In other words, the objective test, irrespective of motive or intent, is part of European equality law;...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...Lords, Lord Phillips and Lord Mance, and the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Hale, those judgments were all affirmed, interpreting the words "on the grounds of", as the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, has rightly indicated, to mean objective discrimination. You do not need to show that there is a discriminatory motive or a discriminatory intention. You need to show that the reason for the...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (10 Dec 2008)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...Governments have added layer upon layer to a great barrier reef of complex, opaque and anomalous primary and subordinate legislation. One of the most grotesque examples, as the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, may be interested to discover, was the equal value regulations introduced by the Thatcher Government, which this House, unusually, condemned in passing them through the House. Employers...

Equality Bill (26 Jun 2008)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for early sight of the Statement in the other place. I entirely agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, that we should rise above party politics. If one leaves out the bits of her speech that were full of party politics, highly partisan and very cross, there were positive aspects of it which I have never heard a Conservative—or shadow—Minister...

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