Tag Archive for Lord Mandelson

Ministerial accountability

Lord Norton

Former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has been appointed Shadow Business Secretary.  He will be the opposite number to Lord Mandelson.  However, he will not be facing Lord Mandelson as they sit in different chambers.  Lord Mandelson answers directly to peers and can be called to appear by committees in the Commons. Conversely, ministers in the Commons…

Mandy better than expected

Baroness Murphy

In an earlier blog I was rather dismissive of Lord Mandelson’s appointment, I felt it reflected badly on Brown’s judgement, a bit like McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin reflects badly on his. I thought it a piece of calculating cynicism meant to appeal to Blairites which was bound to go wrong…and it probably will. But now…

Elevation of the Prince.

Lord Taylor of Warwick

At 2.30 pm last Monday the House of Lords Chamber was packed. It is normally full, in anticipation of ministerial questions but there was a particular reason why the noble lords were high in number. At 2.37 precisely, a new Peer Elect wafted into the chamber, to be elevated into the nobility. I had met…

It's Lord Mandelson

Lord Norton

Peter Mandelson was introduced into the House on Monday and made his maiden speech today.  He moved the Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2008, which may sound dull and technical but which was actually extremely important.  It provides the opportunity for the minister to intervene in the TSB/HBOS merger talks…