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Member of the House of Lords

House of Lords
GB - SW1A 0PW - London
United Kingdom

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2023 , 2022 , 2021 , 2020


In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 26/06/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 26/06/2020 Substitute - United Kingdom

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 26/06/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (since 21/03/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (from 03/07/2020 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Baroness Doreen E. MASSEY (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (since 21/03/2022)
  • Alternate of Baroness Doreen E. MASSEY (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (from 03/07/2020 to 23/01/2022)


Last speeches

25/01/2023 | 17:57:54 Dear Chair and to all those who've spoken thus far, The leader of my political group, Mr Frank SCHWABE, sitting quietly there, has listed the countries that have not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention. A year ago he would have added the United Kingdom to that list. The leader of our British delegation, another man, both have stepped outside the man box for the purposes of this debate. Mr John HOWELL has been a champion of getting the United Kingdom government to ratify the Istanbul... 24/01/2023 | 11:03:04 Chairman and colleagues, It is a duty to stand amongst others in response to this extraordinary report. I'd share with all those who thus far have highlighted just how horrible the plight of women is when used in this particular way. Also I'd want to echo all of those who expressed a determination to bring the perpetrators of these dreadful deeds to justice - nothing less could suffice. However there is just one point I'd want to make beyond those two aspects of what's before us right now. In... 23/01/2023 | 17:01:47 Madam Chair and Colleagues, I have listened to the debate very intently and have been alarmed by the repeated descriptions of the camps in which tens of thousands of people are simply left basically to rot. If we could think that Guantanamo was itself a denial of human rights, then it's not far removed from that to ask the same question about people who without hope, without horizons, without perspectives must face the rest of their lives, it seems, to be in these camps with the dreadful... 13/10/2022 | 16:37:01 Chair and Colleagues, Four out of the five people speaking for political groups, and six out of twelve on the rest of the list, have direct involvement in the events we are discussing. I would be surprised if any of them, whichever part of the political spectrum they come from, would disagree with the fact that we must safeguard the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement at all costs. Nothing to discuss there. It's pure speculation to suppose that any one of us would allow that to happen. In... 12/10/2022 | 19:34:59 Chair and Colleagues, I find it a little frustrating standing here and having heard so many people with wilful or wilfully self-deluding understandings of the definition of a refugee. I thought that we all knew what that meant, and that we all knew that we had our various countries subscribed to laws incorporating them within our domestic law, to accept the right of individuals as refugees to reach our shores. I'm delighted that refoulement is receiving the accent that it is receiving, the...