Lord Browne of Ladyton

Des Browne

Des Browne

Party

Labour

Address as

Lord Browne

Contact details

Westminster

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 5353
browned@parliament.uk

Biography

Electoral history

Contested Argyll and Bute 1992 general election. MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun 1997-2005, for Kilmarnock and Loudon (revised boundary) 2005-10

Parliamentary career

PPS: to Donald Dewar as Secretary of State for Scotland 1998-99, to Adam Ingram as Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 2000; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office 2001-03; Minister of State: Department for Work and Pensions (Work) 2003-04, Home Office (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality) 2004-05; Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2005-06; Secretary of State for: Defence 2006-08, Scotland 2007-08; Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Sri Lanka 2009-10

Lords career

Opposition Spokesperson for Scotland 2011-

Select committees

Member: Northern Ireland Affairs 1997-98, Public Administration 1999-2000, Joint Committee on Human Rights 2001-09, Joint Committee on National Security Strategy 2010

Political interests

Legal affairs, human rights, disability, education, Northern Ireland, constitution, international affairs

Countries of interest

Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Rwanda, South Africa

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Browne of Ladyton, of Ladyton in Ayrshire and Arran 2010

Register of Interests

1: Directorships

Chairman and Non-executive Director of MODA Alliance London Ltd and of that company’s wholly owned subsidiaries: MODA Solutions Ltd, MODA Adventures Ltd and MODA Online Ltd (business activities)

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Member, Faculty of Advocates (non-practising)

Adviser to the Royal Bank of Scotland plc (banking)

6: Sponsorship

As Convenor of The Top Level Group for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (see category 10(d)), I receive secretariat services from the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; and funding for the purposes of the Group's activities from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation. A joint project between RUSI and the group is partly funded by Nuclear Threat Initiative.

7: Overseas visits

Visit to Riga, Latvia, 15-17 March 2011, to participate in meetings of Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI): costs of visit met by EASI

Visit to Belfast, N Ireland, 25-27 March 2011 to address Annual Dinner of Warrenpoint, Burren and Rostrevor Chamber of Commerce: costs of visit met by Warrenpoint, Burren and Rostrevor Chamber of Commerce

Visit to Geneva, Switzerland, 30 March - 1 April 2011 to give a key note speech at Conference on Disarmament for parliamentarians organised by the NATO Non-proliferation WMD Centre, the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; costs of visit met by the four Conference organisers

Visit to Brussels, 6 -12 April 2011, to participate in meetings of Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI); costs of visit met by EASI

Visit to Moscow, 29 May - 1 June 2011, to participate in meetings of Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) Commission; costs of visit met by EASI Commission

Visit to Oslo and Bergen, 16 and 17 June 2011, to participate in European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation (ELN) meetings and in NATO WMD Conference: costs of the visit met by ELN and NATO

Visit to Berlin, 29 June - 3 July 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation (ELN) and Pugwash; costs of visit met by ELN, Pugwash and Ministry of Foreign affairs of Federal Republic of Germany

Visit to Dublin, 18 -19 July 2011, to participate in U21 Summer School on Conflict Resolution; costs of visit met by University College Dublin

Visit to Kiev, 19 & 20 September 2011, to participate in meetings of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI): costs of visit met by EASI

Visit to Tallin, 28 & 29 September 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN) and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); costs of visit met by RUSI

Visit to Rome, 20-22 October 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN); costs of visit met by ELN

Visit to Brussels 14-16 November 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN) with NATO; costs of visit met by ELN

Visit to Moscow, 3-5 December 2011, to participate in meetings of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI); costs of visit met by EASI

Visit to Paris, Bern and Geneva, 8-10 December 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN) and Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); costs of visit met by ELN and GCSP

Visit to Warsaw, 14 &15 December 2011, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN); costs of visit met by ELN

Visit to Ankara, 15-17 January 2012, to participate in meetings of the European Leadership Network (ELN) and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI): costs of visit met by RUSI

Visit to Munich, 3-5 February 2012, to participate in the Munich Security Conference and seminar arranged by the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI); costs of visit met by Munich Security Conference and EASI

8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Accommodation and hospitality at Global Zero Summit in London, 22-23 June 2011; costs met by Global Zero

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Trustee and Director, St Luke's Centre (company limited by guarantee with charitable trust status offering psychological, spiritual and educational support to the clergy)

Director and Trustee, The European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Limited (ELN), a company limited by guarantee and not for profit, which promotes and administers a network of senior European political, military and diplomatic figures, who have come together to advance education in, and to promote greater understanding of multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and related issues, in particular (but without limitation) by producing and disseminating independent research and analysis on such issues, and providing an independent platform for international dialogue and debate on such issues

10: Non-financial interests (d)

Convenor, The Top Level Group for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (an All Party Parliamentary Group until 7 May 2011; now a group of parliamentarians with restricted membership)

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Commission Member, Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative, an international commission sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with the goal of laying the intellectual foundation for an inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system for 21st century

Director and Trustee, VERTIC (independent, not-for-profit non-governmental organization which supports the development, implementation and effectiveness of international agreements and related regional and national initiatives)