MEET THE NEW PEERS
10 new Liberal Democrat peers were announced this week as part of a new tranche of Lords to becreated under the coalition agreement. So who are the new faces who will soon be taking their seats
on the Lib Dem benches? Here’s a bluffer’s guide to the 10 men and women set to be appearing in
this newsletter in the very near future...
is a district councillor in South Somerset. She recently stepped down from SomersetCounty Council, on which she sat since 1993. Cathy also served for many successful years as leader of the council, where she presided over it attaining the maximum four-star rating and being described
as “excellent” and “improving strongly”.
has previously worked for the Liberal Democrats in many roles, including as Paddy
Ashdown’s speech writer, Director of Communications and more recently
for Nick Clegg in aGovernment capacity as the interim Director of Communications.
is currently the President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and was formerly aMember of the Welsh Assembly from 1999-2001. She was the Lib Dem spokeswoman on Economics,Transport and the Environment. Christine was also a councillor on Colwyn Bay Borough Council.
is an businesswoman who became the Legal Services Ombudsman in 2003 andserved until 2010 when the office was abolished. Born in Pakistan, Zahida moved to England whenshe was four. She became a nurse before attending the University of Leeds and then went on to doan MA at the University of Bradford.
was a police officer for over 30 years, rising to the most senior levels of theMetropolitan Police. He was widely praised for his role as police spokesman following the terroristattacks on London in 2005. Brian was also the most senior openly gay police officer in the UK.
is a British businessman who is the co-founder and current chairman of the Ministryof Sound Group, the international music and nightclub business. Before this, James worked in theCity of London. He was educated at Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford.
started out his political career working for David Steel in the House of Commons thenran his office in the House of Lords. After this, he moved back to Edinburgh to work in the private