Lords debates shared values in national life

Bishop speaking in House of Lords
05 December 2016

Members of the Lords, including a former member of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education and a former commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, debated the shared values underpinning our national life and their role in shaping public policy priorities, in the House of Lords on Friday 2 December.

This was a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (Bishops), head of the Anglican Communion and joint president of the National Council for Social Concern.

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Berridge (Conservative), barrister and project director of the Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Baroness Flather (Crossbench), chair of Women Matter and associate of the National Secular Society
  • Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat), former chairman of International Development Through Sport and trustee of education charity the Transformation Trust
  • Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat), former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
  • Baroness Sherlock (Labour), former chief executive of the British Refugee Council and former commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Lord Stone of Blackheath (Labour), former director of the Science Media Centre and former member of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education

Two members of the Lords made their maiden speeches during this debate:

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Communities and Local Government, responded on behalf of the government.

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Image: Copyright House of Lords 2016 / Photography by Annabel Moeller

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