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Lords debates standards in public life

10 September 2021

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Members of the House of Lords debated standards in public life, on Thursday 9 September.


Lord Blunkett (Labour), former Home Secretary, put forward the debate.

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

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

  • Lord Evans of Weardale (Crossbench), Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life and former MI5 chief 
  • Lord Puttnam (Labour), chair of the Hansard Society Commission on Communication of Parliamentary Democracy
  • Lord Stunell (Liberal Democrat), member, Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Lord Young of Cookham, (Conservative), former Leader of the House of Commons.

A former Leader of the House of Lords, a former Lord Speaker, a former head of the diplomatic service and former secretaries of state also took part.

Lord True (Conservative), Cabinet Office Minister, responded on behalf of the government.

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Watch and read the debate

Find out about all the issues members discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the transcript in Lords Hansard.

Explore background information

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the Lords Libary briefing.

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