From Dame to Baroness

Lord Norton

In a post on my blog a couple of years ago, I drew attention to the fact that some Baronesses who previously had been made Dames were still referred to on occasion by the BBC as Dames.  Baroness Grey-Thompson, for example, was sometimes referred to as ‘Dame Tanni’ – this some years after her elevation to the peerage.  This…

Home education Skype broadcast meeting

Lord Soley

In January I held a meeting for people who were concerned about my home education bill. This was an opportunity for them to ask questions about the bill Some people were unable to attend the meeting due to a range of reasons including child care or long travel and they contacted me stating their disappointment.…

Military Intervention in Syria

Lord Hylton

The following was sent by email to the Prime Minster on the day before this country took part in combined military attacks in Syria.  A reply will no doubt come in due course:  “Despite the approval of the Cabinet, I remain opposed to this, after visiting Syria three times since 2015.  If it was wrong to…

The War in Yemen

Lord Hylton

IHere is the text of a Question for Written Answer I have put to HMG: “Whether they will make further deliveries of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia conditional on that Government making determined efforts to achieve peace in Yemen”.  

Commonwealth Summit Meeting April 2018

Lord Hylton

I warmly welcome the emphasis for the meeting on a Rules-Based World. This is particularly needed at a time when Presidents Trump and Putin behave erratically and sometimes illegally. The commitment to human rights is very necessary. Nevertheless, much remains to be done, especially as regards organized crime, human trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime and political…

Losing senior figures

Lord Norton

The House has just lost two senior members with the deaths of Lord Richard and Lord Crickhowell.  Lord Richard (Ivor Richard) was a former Labour MP and UK Ambassador the UN.  In the Lords, he served as Leader of the House after Labour’s return to power in 1997. He also chaired the Richard Commission on Welsh…

Naming and shaming Departments

Lord Norton

In a post on my blog, I have drawn attention to the report from the Procedure Committee which was agreed yesterday by the House.  Part of the report was to inform the House that in future the names of Government Departments that failed to respond to reports from select committees within two months would be…