Commonwealth democracy debate in Lords

09 December 2009

The Commonwealth’s shared goals in democracy and development will be debated in the House of Lords tomorrow

Lord Sheikh (Conservative) will open the debate and Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead will speak for the Government.

Members scheduled to take part include the following.

  • Lord Hughes of Woodside (Labour), former chair of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and honorary president of Action for Southern Africa.
  • Lord Chidgey (Liberal Democrat), chair of the International Advisory Board for the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit of the European Parliament.
  • Lord Janvrin (Crossbench), a former diplomat who worked for the high commission in New Delhi.
  • Lord Goodlad (Conservative), former High Commissioner to Australia.
  • Lord Anderson of Swansea (Labour), co-founder and former senior vice-president of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa.
  • Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrat), previously worked for the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants and most recently was a member of the Commission on the future of Multi-Ethnic Britain.
  • Lord Luce (Crossbench), former Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister and Governor of Gibraltar.
  • Lord Howell of Guildford (Conservative), a former Secretary of State who chaired the Commons Select Committee on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for 10 years.
  • Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne (Liberal Democrat), a former member of the European Parliament and vice chair of its Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Other Members scheduled to speak include Lord Bilimoria, Lord Bhattacharyya, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Viscount Eccles, Baroness Gardner of Parkes, Baroness O’Cathain, Earl of Sandwich, Lord Selsdon, Baroness Verma and Baroness Young of Hornsey.

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