House of Lords Appointments Commission – New non-party-political peers
Two new non-party-political peers recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission were announced today.
The two new peers are:
- Dame Nuala O’Loan, a former law lecturer and the first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2000 -2007) and
- Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
They will sit on the crossbenches.
Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, Michael Jay said:
“The Commission is pleased to recommend two independent people of such high calibre to become members of the House of Lords. They have been appointed on merit following our published selection process - by which anyone can apply - and in line with the Commission’s recently revised criteria that requires a commitment to play a full and active role in the Upper House. “
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- Dame Nuala O’Loan is a solicitor, former law lecturer and was the first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2000-2007).As a Special Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission for Great Britain Dame Nuala chaired the recent Formal Investigation into Human Rights. She is also conducting an independent review for the Home Secretary of the document “Outsourcing Abuse” which contains allegations of abuse of people being deported from the UK. Dame Nuala is a Roving Ambassador and Special Envoy of Ireland for Women, Peace and Security and is Ireland’s Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste. Dame Nuala is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster. She has written and published many articles on matters of policing and security, and leadership and faith issues, and has spoken in many countries on these matters. In 2008 she was awarded a DBE for public service.
- Sir Jonathan Sacks was appointed Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in September 1991. He is Associate President of the Conference of European Rabbis and one of the Presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews.Sir Jonathan comments on a broad range of moral and ethical issues that confront today’s society. He has written eighteen books, is a regular broadcaster on radio and television and frequently writes for the national press. He speaks regularly on matters of faith and related issues. Sir Jonathan is Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also President of the London School of Jewish Studies (formerly Jews’ College).Sir Jonathan has addressed the United Nations, leaders of the European Union and the European Parliament.In 2005 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to the community and interfaith relations.
- The Appointments Commission is a non-statutory advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages. The Commission’s remit is to find people of distinction who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The Commission recommends individuals on merit and their ability to contribute effectively to the work of the House. The House of Lords Appointments Commission has now recommended a total of 51 non-party-political peerages to the Prime Minister, drawn from well over 4,000 nominations. The Commission also vets nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, for propriety.
- The membership of the House of Lords Appointments Commission comprises four independent members: Lord (Michael) Jay of Ewelme GCMG (Chairman), Baroness Jane Campbell, Professor Dame Joan Higgins and Dr John Low and three members nominated by each of the three main political parties: Rt Hon Baroness (Brenda) Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, Lord (Navnit) Dholakia, and Rt Hon Lord (Douglas) Hurd of Westwell. The Chairman and independent members were selected through open competition.