It is a great pleasure to be joining Lords of the Blogs and to give my view of the workings of the House of Lords. I am finding my way around the building, and the miles of corridors, and also learning the protocol and procedures, which being a perfectionist, I want to get right. The first few months have been tough, but also rewarding. It is a huge privilege to be here. I have been lost several times, and once so far, had to sprint from one end of the House to the other, in order to get to the Chamber for a Division.
I have now spoken in a couple of debates, but still feel that I am finding my way. My most recent contribution was in the debate on the 21st October about Education : Special Educational Needs – (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/101021-0002.htm) – go to 3.48pm to read my contribution. Baroness Warnock featured heavily in it, which was a huge personal delight to me. I have often talked about the Warnock Report, which my parents used to get me in to mainstream education, and that in turn had a profound effect on my life. Today, I bumped in to the Baroness Warnock in the corridor, and was able to say thank you. To be honest I didn’t say a lot more than that, and there was a part of me that returned to being 11 years old, but without that report, I don’t feel that I would have had the opportunity to do many things in my life. I feel that I have come full circle.
Anyway I am off now…. I try a few nights every week to read / re-read a couple of pages of the ‘Companion to the Standing Orders’ – it is our manual. It is fascinating, and it comforts me that every week I get to know it a little better