The Lord Speaker represents the House of Lords at a wide range of events, sharing specialist knowledge and working to broaden understanding about the work and role of its members.
Her work includes meeting counterparts from other parliaments to exchange knowledge and strengthen parliamentary ties.
The Lord Speaker's ceremonial responsibilities include speaking on behalf of the House of Lords on State occasions.
Since her appointment the Lord Speaker has continued her predecessor’s close association with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). She has also had meetings with counterparts from Vietnam, Canada, Israel, Iraq, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Zambia.
Lord Speaker events and speeches
Previous Lord Speaker’s events
The previous Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, had meetings with counterparts from Ukraine, Pakistan, Bahrain, Portugal, Japan and Thailand.
Image: The Lord Speaker thanking Aung San Suu Kyi for her address to both Houses of Parliament, June 2012.