BBC's The Week in Westminster

Baroness D'Souza

Lord (Paul) Tyler and I had a brief interview with the BBC on the value of this new blogging departure for the House of Lords. The point I think worth making is that there is an ever present danger that this House becomes a world looking inwards and we want it to be one looking…

Preparing for a Bill

Baroness Murphy

Like other blogging peers I’ve been amazed and delighted by the response of you blog-watchers. It’s certainly an incentive to carry on. A very busy couple of days for me. Yesterday was my Council meeting at St George’s University of London. I’ve been Chair of Council, the governing body of this college of the University…

Charities 2

Lord Dholakia

To continue along the same vein as my last ‘Charities’ post, another common use of peers’ time is the activities of the various All-Party Parlimentary Groups (APPGs). These range from the very serious (Genocide Prevention) to the social (Beer – ‘to promote the wholesomeness and enjoyment of beer and the unique role of the pub…

Good Lord – it works!

Lord Tyler

I’m amazed that so many interesting comments have arrived so quickly.  And I understand there have been thousands of ‘hits’ on the LordsoftheBlog website.  Since the whole purpose of the exercise is to try and make Parliament more accessible to the people we serve, this is clearly already a potential success.  As one of the other…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee

Lord Soley

I am the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee and yesterday we took evidence from Mr Sy, the Director of Partnerships and External Relations at UNAIDS in Geneva. The Committee is hearing evidence about communicable diseases and the way intergovernmental organisations are dealing with them. It is an important area of policy because globalisation…

modernising the 'men in tights'?

Baroness D'Souza

The House of Lords authorities have agreed to recruit an experienced facilities Director to oversee all the more practical aspects of running the House. Up until now this task has been carried out by Black Rod otherwise known as Gentleman Usher, Secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain and Serjeant at Arms. This post goes back…

Government vulnerability…

Lord Norton

No one party has a majority in the Lords. There are three groupings of similar size – Labour with 216 peers, the Conservatives with 202 and the Cross-benchers with 196 – plus 78 Liberal Democrats, the Lords Spiritual (26) and the law lords (12). As a result, the party in government has to engage with…

Wanstead High

Lord Norton

Another school visit this afternoon. I spoke to Year 12 students studying Politics at Wanstead High School (pictured) in North-East London. One of the questions I was asked was ‘Do you enjoy working in the Lords and would you stand for election if it was to be elected?’ The answer was yes and no. Peers…

The Lords in action

Lord Norton

I commented in one of my posts about the fact that media reports about the House of lords tended to show pictures of the State Opening of Parliament and not the House in action. One or two of those who commented made the fair point that I should be illustrating my post with a picture…