The new Liberal Democrat life peers

Here are the new Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords:

  • Cathy Bakewell – former leader of Somerset County Council
  • Olly Grender – former Director of Communications for Shelter, former Director of Communications for the party and former Special Advisor
  • Christine Humphreys – former Welsh AM and President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
  • Zahida Manzoor – former Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • Brian Paddick – former Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Met and London Mayor candidate
  • James Palumbo – co-founder and chairman of Ministry of Sound Group
  • Jeremy Purvis – former MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
  • Alison Suttie – former Deputy Chief of Staff to Nick Clegg and former Special Advisor
  • Rumi Verjee – businessman, philanthropist and leading force behind the party’s Leadership Programme
  • Ian Wrigglesworth – Liberal Democrat Treasurer and former MP

As I, ahem, pointed out previously and it turns out correctly:

It’s 99.4% certain there will be at least one person [appointed] who hasn’t been named [in the previous speculation] and they’ll be a female, former council (group) leader from outside London.

The list if 50/50 male female – a good improvement on some previous lists over the years that have been horribly dominated by men, but still rather short of what’s needed to rectify those previous biases.

One response to “The new Liberal Democrat life peers”

  1. You might be interested to know that I am chairing a group on the Federal Executive which is looking into Internal Party Democracy.  Top of our list is the Interim Peers List – we will be consulting so look our for our paper and conference fringe!

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