Lord Hussain and Baroness Stedman Scott made their maiden speeches in the House of Lords in a debate on the promotion of enterprise, growth and fundamental rebalancing of the economy on Thursday 24 March.
Liberal Democrat life Peer, Lord Hussain is former deputy leader of Luton Borough Council.
Conservative life Peer, Baroness Stedman Scott is chief executive of Tomorrow’s People, a national employment charity working in deprived areas of the UK.
Lord Lawson of Blaby (Conservative), former Chancellor of the Exchequer, opened the debate.
Other Members who contributed to debate included:
- Lord Eatwell (Labour), professor of economics at Cambridge University and commissioner of the Jersey Financial Services Commission
- Lord Empey (Ulster Unionist Party), former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party who was minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Assembly
- Baroness Valentine (Crossbench), chief executive of London First, a business membership organisation that aims to promote London’s global competitiveness
- Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat), former chief of staff to Charles Kennedy as leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Treasury
- Lord King of Bridgewater (Conservative), former secretary of state for Employment and for Defence
- Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat), former shadow secretary of state for trade and industry and former vice-president of corporate finance at Citibank in Chicago
- Lord Bates (Conservative), managing director of a management consultancy and vice-president of the Local Government Association
- Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), strategy and marketing director of commodities, financial futures and options broker, Sucden Financial
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, Lord Haskel, Lord Tugendhat, Lord Risby, Lord Northbrook, Lord Lang of Monkton, Lord Higgins, Baroness Hooper, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Lord Selsdon, Viscount Trenchard and Lord Paul will also took part.
Lord Sassoon responded on behalf of the government.
The term ‘maiden speech’ refers to the first time a new Member gives a speech in the House of the Lords. A maiden speech usually takes place during a general debate and is uncontroversial.