Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Archy Kirkwood

Archy Kirkwood


Liberal Democrat

Address as

Lord Kirkwood

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 4217


Electoral history

MP (Liberal Democrat) for Roxburgh and Berwickshire 1983-2005

Parliamentary career

Liberal Spokesperson for: Health, Social Services and Social Security 1985-87; Alliance Spokesperson for Overseas Development 1987; Liberal Spokesperson for Scotland 1987-88; Sponsored: Access to Personal Files Act 1987 (Private Member's Bill), Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 (Private Member's Bill); Convenor and Spokesperson for Welfare and Social Security 1989-94; Liberal Democrat: Deputy Chief Whip 1989-92, Chief Whip 1992-97, Shadow Leader of the House 1994-97, Spokesperson for Community Care 1994-97; Member House of Commons Commission 1997-2005

Lords career

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions 2007-10

Party groups

Social and Liberal Democrat Convenor on Welfare, Health and Education 1988-89

Select committees

Chair Social Security 1997-2001

Political interests

Freedom of information, health, social security, human rights

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope, of Kirkhope in Scottish Borders 2005

Register of Interests

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Member, Advisory Board, GovNet Communications (publisher and event organiser)

Chair, Board of Trustees, General Medical Council Pension Scheme

Work with Global Partners and Associated Ltd in respect of their Foreign and Commonwealth Office contract to provide mentoring and training for parliamentarians and their staff in emerging democracies

Lay Member, General Medical Council (annual fee)

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Director, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd and subsidiary companies

Director, Wise Group

Director, Democratic Reform Company

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Trustee, JRSST Charitable Trust (endowed by Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd)

Governor, Pensions Policy Institute

Trustee, Centre Forum

Trustee, Citizens' Inquiry

Trustee, 2020 Public Services Trust