The Tour de France and my Committee

Baroness Thomas

How on earth is the Committee I chair – the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee – connected in any way with the Tour de France? Turn the spotlight on Harrogate and you’ll see why. The finish of the first stage (the Grand Départ) happened to be adjacent to a large open area in Harrogate…

Cornwall wins £146m rail improvements

Lord Berkeley

These rail improvements (see DfT press release below) are really good news for Cornwall. They are the result of Cornwall CC, the LEP with Network Rail and FGW and others sending a consistent and well-argued message to ministers and parliamentarians. A lot of hard work went into this, including an exhibition in London of the…

North Sea Oil

Lord Hodgson

In the 1970’s Britain discovered that nature had given her a wonderful gift – North Sea Oil. Over the years since that initial discovery the proceeds from North Sea oil have been used to transform areas of our country. Meanwhile new technologies have meant that there was more oil than was originally believed and the…

Consumer Rights Bill

Baroness Murphy

I’ll be honest here, I went into the House yesterday for meetings concerned with forthcoming bills but did not particularly want to go into the Chamber. But as readers will know, no put backside on bench, no attendance fee, so I scoured the day’s agenda for something entertaining. Isn’t that a dreadful admission? But all…

The Lord that never was

Baroness Hayter

In a fascinating new biography of Brian Abel-Smith, Sally Sheard describes how this towering intellectual LSE professor influenced a generation of social scientists, global thinking on health, welfare and poverty, and over three decades of Labour thinking. (Sally Sheard, The Passionate Economist: How Brian Abel-Smith shaped global health and social welfare, Policy Press, 2014.) In…

Baroness Miller of Hendon

Lord Norton

I was very sad to hear of the death of Doreen Miller – Baroness Miller of Hendon – who died suddenly last Saturday, only days after her 81st birthday.  Many parliamentarians have paid tribute to her work.  She was a great champion of ensuring more women served in Parliament and faced some gruelling constituency selection processes. …