Lords debates freedom of speech
13 December 2021
The House of Lords debated contemporary challenges to freedom of speech, and the role of public, private and civil society sectors in its upholding, on Friday 10 December.
The Archbishop of Canterbury put forward the debate.
Members speaking included:
- Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood (Crossbench), former Justice of the Supreme Court
- Baroness Featherstone (Liberal Democrat), member of the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee and local councillor
- Baroness Fox of Buckely (Non-affiliated), member, Advisory Council, Free Speech Union
- Lord Hannan of Kingsclere (Conservative), council member, The Freedom Association
- Baroness Merron (Labour), Labour spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responded on behalf of the government.
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