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Nick Clegg announces new Liberal Democrat peers

August 8, 2014 9:36 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Six new Liberal Democrat peers will enter the House of Lords, it has been announced.

The new peers are:

Chris Fox - Director of Group Communications for GKN; and former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats.

Cllr David Goddard - elected Member of Stockport Metropolitan Council (Liberal Democrat); former Leader of Stockport Council; former Member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority; and former Non-Executive Director of Manchester International Airport.

Cllr Barbara Janke - elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and former Leader of Bristol City Council; and former teacher.

Cllr Kath Pinnock - elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and former Leader of Kirklees Council.

Paul Scriven - managing partner for Scriven Consulting; former elected Member (Liberal Democrat) and Leader of Sheffield City Council; and former senior NHS manager.

Cllr Dr Julie Smith - elected Member of Cambridge City Council; Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge University; and Fellow of Robinson College.

Announcing the peers, Nick said:

"Our new peers highlight the campaigning heartbeat of our party, standing up for their local areas and championing the Liberal Democrat cause to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society.

"I am delighted to welcome them all to our Parliamentary team.

"I know that every new peer on this list will make a valuable contribution to British politics, the House of Lords and the Liberal Democrat team in Westminster. Along with their Liberal Democrat colleagues, I am sure they will take up the mantle of being committed reformers and continue to make the case for a smaller and more democratic upper chamber."