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New political members- House of Lords Appointments Commission

19 November 2010

The Prime Minister has today announced the names of three new political members of the independent House of Lords Appointments Commission.

The new members, nominated by the three main political parties, are:

The Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, Lord Jay said:

"The balance of political and independent members is an important feature of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and I am delighted that we will have three new political members with such experience. I look forward to working with them.

I would also like to pay tribute to their predecessors - Baroness Dean of Thornton-Le-Fylde, Lord Hurd of Westwell and Lord Dholakia - who served on the Commission since its creation in 2000. Their knowledge and understanding has been invaluable and I would like to thank them for their immense contribution to the Commission's work." 

Notes to editors

  1. Media enquiries about the work of the House of Lords Appointments Commission should go to Maggie O’Boyle on 07880 740627.
  2. Lord (Garry) Hart of Chilton (Labour) is currently Chancellor of Greenwich University. He has been a Labour Party peer since 2004, having enjoyed a long career as a solicitor and served as a government special adviser.
  3. Rt. Hon. Lord (Michael) Howard of Lympne QC is former Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition 2003-05, having served as a Member of Parliament for 27 years, including 7 years as a cabinet minister.
  4. Baroness (Rosalind) Scott of Needham Market is President of the Liberal Democrat Party, and member of the House of Lords since 2000, having served as a Liberal Democrat councillor for 12 years.
  5. Further information on the Appointments Commission can be obtained from www.lordsappointments.independent.gov.uk. 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 Commission also vets nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, to ensure the highest standards of propriety.
  6. 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: Lord Hart of Chilton, Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne QC and Baroness Scott of Needham Market. The Chairman and independent members were selected through open competition.
  7. The Chairman, if not in receipt of a salary from public funds, receives remuneration of £8,000 per annum. Members, if not in receipt of a salary from public funds, receive remuneration of £3,000 per annum. All Members are reimbursed for actual expenses incurred.