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Letter of the Lords - August 2, 2013

Letter of the Lords - August 2, 2013

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 Welcome to the latest edition of Letter of the Lords
 –
the weekly newsletter aimed at shining a light
into the work the party’s peers are doing in the second chamber. Why not let us know what you think?
Email the newsletter on lordsmedia@libdems.org.uk
.And that’s also the address to give to friends,
 
colleagues and loved ones to sign up too. Plus don’t forget to keep up to date with the blog
at libdemlords.org.uk and follow us on Twitter at @LibDemLords. 
 
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...
Cathy Bakewell
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”.
 
Olly Grender 
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.
Christine Humphreys
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.
Zahida Manzoor 
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.
Brian Paddick
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.
James Palumbo
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.
Jeremy Purvis
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
 
sector and went on to start his own strategic communications consultancy. In 2003 Jeremy waselected to the Scottish Parliament, making him the youngest constituency MSP at the time.
Alison Suttie
worked for 10 years in the European Parliament as a policy adviser and for five yearsas Press Secretary to Pat Cox, including during his time as President of the European Parliament. In2006 she returned to the UK to be Head of Office to Sir Menzies Campbell during his time as leader of the party. As Nick Clegg' s Deputy Chief of Staff, she was Election Manager for the 2010 generalelection.
Rumi Verjee
, a Ugandan Asian, is a British entrepreneurand philanthropist. Businesses he created
now employ more than 20,000 people in the UK. After bringing Domino’s to the UK, Rumi also
oversaw the development of the Brompton Hospital site. Rumi is the owner of the world-renownedchina shop, Thomas Goode & Company, in Mayfair.
Sir Ian Wrigglesworth
is currently the Liberal Democrat Treasurer. Formerly the Labour MP for Teeside Thornaby between 1974 and 1981, Ian became one of the founding members of the SDPwhen he became increasingly disillusioned by the leftward direction of the Labour Party. He was thenelected as the SDP Member for Stockton South in 1983 and lost his seat in 1987.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
“I remind the noble Lord that this is the leanest govern
ment that Britain has had for many yearsbecause we have cut the government car pool very substantially
 –
we have to walk
everywhere.”
 
Lord Wallace of Saltaire
explains why government ministers are so lean in bothsenses of the word.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
 
For ten points: who's @UKHouseofLords speech was considered so unconventional that it's the only
speech that was never recorded by Hansard?”
 
Lord Storey
(@LordStorey) poses a bamboozler of apub quiz question
.For the record, we don’t know either –
but it should keep you going over the
 
summer until he (hopefully) reveals the answer in the first post-recess newsletter.
Lord Willis of Knaresborough
used a question on NHS out-of-hours servicesto tell peers of his own
 
recent experience of the 111 tel
ephone line. He said: “On June 9, I had reason to call 111 because I
was having a heart attack. The response from 111 was excellent in York. At the same time not onlydid the service call the paramedics but it had me to hospital within 25 minutes to an absolutely superb
accident and emergency service.” But he questioned why the service was not as efficient throughout
the country.
 
 
GCHQ was “routinely hovering up and storing prodigious quantities of the internet communications of 
millions of innocent
people, turning us all from citizens into suspects,”
 
Lord Strasburger 
,he said that “Parliament has
 
not sanctioned this industrial-scale seizure of our pri
vate data by the state”. Foreign Office Minister 
Baroness Warsi said she did not accept his question.
Lord Ezra
asked whether, in the light of a recent report by Ofgem, the Government considered therewould be adequate electricity generation capacity to meet winter demand in the next two to three
 
.In the report, he told peers, Ofgem “pointed out that reserve electricity capacity could fall as
low as 2% by the winter of 2015. This has been brought about by more capacity being closed or 
mothballed than new plant coming in”. Energy Minister Baroness Verma said the Government was
working closely with Ofgem and National Grid to address the security of supply as a very high priority. And
Lord Greaves
 
agricultural policy.Welcoming the progress made
 –
 
“though not as radical as some people will allege”
 
 –
he ask the Government for assurance it wou
ld “remain firm on these objectives and not give in to
the short-sighted campaign by some people, including the NFU, to try and block these valuable
changes”. Environment Minister Lord De Mauley said the Government had a legal obligation.
 
WHAT’S COMING
UP
 The House of Lords is now in Summer recess until October 8. The next newsletter will arrive ininboxes on October 11.

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