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Lords debates growth of autocratic regimes

4 February 2022

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The House of Lords debated the impact on global democratic norms and values from autocrats, kleptocrats and populists and the case for a coordinated response by the UK and her allies, on Thursday 3 February.


Lord Browne of Ladyton (Labour), board member and vice-chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington DC and former Secretary of State for Defence, 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 Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), member of the Sages Group on North Korean Human Rights

  • Lord Balfe (Conservative), former member of the Lords International Relations and Defence Committee

  • Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour), opposition spokesperson for foreign and Commonwealth affairs and international development

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrat), Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, responded on behalf of the government.

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Watch and read the debate

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

Explore background information

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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