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Lords discusses conduct of debate in public life

10 May 2019

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On Thursday 9 May, members of the House of Lords debated the conduct and toxicity of debate in public life, the divisions in society which result from that and steps for the government to address such divisions.

Members taking part included a former chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission and a trustee of the Institute of Public Policy Reform.

This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. 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 Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), former director of the Association of London Government

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone (Conservative), non-executive director and former governor of the UK International Chamber of Commerce
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece (Liberal Democrat), former member of the Government BME Women Councillors' Task Force
  • Bishop of Leeds (Bishops), former chair of the religious broadcasting charity the Sandford St Martin Trust
  • Baroness Prashar (Crossbench), former chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Lord Puttnam (Labour), trustee of the Institute of Public Policy Reform

Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Cabinet Office, responded on behalf of the government.

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Image: Copyright House of Lords 2019 / Photography by Roger Harris