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A range of recent Lords Hansard and news coverage relating to individual Crossbenchers and the Independent Crossbench Group

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Debate - Foreign Policy. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, L Butler of Brockwell, L Hannay of Chiswick, L Hylton, L Kerr of Kinlochard, E Sandwich, L Wilson of Tillyorn and L Wright of Richmond contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 1 July 2010

Second Reading - Local Government Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbencher L Lloyd of Berwick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 30 June 2010

Lord Flowers, the former Vice-Chancellor of London University who died on June 25 aged 85, played a leading role after the war in the development of atomic energy in Britain.
Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 29 June 2010

“Emission cuts threatened by economic recovery” – article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Turner.
The Independent newspaper, Wednesday 30 June 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the case for reform of the House of Lords'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bilimoria, L Birt, L Butler of Brockwell, L Cobbold, B D'Souza, L Hannay of Chiswick, B Howe of Idlicote, L Kakkar, L Low of Dalston, L Neill of Bladen, B O'Loan, Ld Saltoun of Abernethy, E Sandwich, V Tenby, L Walton of Detchant and L Wright of Richmond contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 29 June 2010

Question for Short Debate - Gulf War Illnesses. Independent Crossbenchers L Craig of Radley and L Lloyd of Berwick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 28 June 2010

Debate: Latin America. Independent Crossbencher V Montgomery of Alamein sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers B Coussins and L Hannay of Chiswick.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 24 June 2010

Debate: Health - Primary and Community Care. Independent Crossbencher L Mawson sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Crisp, B Emerton and B Finlay of Llandaff.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 24 June 2010

Debate: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - Government Policy. Independent Crossbencher E of Erroll contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 17 June 2010

Debate: Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 - 40th Anniversary. Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Surbiton, L Low of Dalston, B Masham of Ilton and L Rix contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 17 June 2010

‘The House of Lords is no anachronism’. Letter to the Editor by Independent Crossbencher L Rix.
The Guardian newspaper, Wednesday 16 June 2010

Question for Short Debate: Korean Peninsula - Human Rights. Independent Crossbencher L Alton of Liverpool sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher B Cox.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 15 June 2010

Question for Short Debate: Poverty. Independent Crossbenchers L Adebowale, B Howe of Idlicote and L Northbourne contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 15 June 2010

Question for Short Debate: Drugs and Crime. Independent Crossbencher B Meacher sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Adebowale, B Afshar, B Butler-Sloss, L Cobbold, B Masham of Ilton and B Murphy.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 15 June 2010

"Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson wants more sport take up." Article reporting the maiden speech of Independent Crossbencher B Grey-Thompson in a Lords debate on preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BBC News website, Monday 14 June 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'To move that this House takes note of preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games'. Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Loughborough, B Grey-Thompson and L Hall of Birkenhead contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 14 June 2010

‘Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson wants more sport take-up’ – article about the Crossbench Peer’s maiden speech in a House of Lords debate on preparations for the 2012 Olympics.
BBC News website, Monday 14 June 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to developments in Zimbabwe'. Independent Crossbencher L St John of Bletso sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Best, L Luce and E of Sandwich.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 10 June 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to Her Majesty's Government's plans to introduce automatic enrolment in workplace pensions'. Independent Crossbencher B Greengross contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 10 June 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to developments in Zimbabwe'. Independent Crossbencher L St John of Bletso sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Best and E of Sandwich.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 10 June 2010

“The public will have no say on the future of the Lords.” Letter to the Editor by the Convenor of the Independent Crossbenchers, B D’Souza (scroll to foot of page).
The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Thursday 10 June 2010

“Let’s save on bus passes — and on new Lords. With a fully elected House of Lords, the cost per member will equate to the cost of present members of the Commons.” Letter to the Editor from Independent Crossbencher L Wright of Richmond.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 10 June 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'To move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Stars and Dragons: The EU and China (7th Report, Session 2009-10, HL Paper 76)'. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool, L Cobbold and L Hannay of Chiswick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 9 June 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'To move that this House takes note of the Science and Technology Committee Report on Genomic Medicine'. Independent Crossbencher L Patel sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers B Finlay of Llandaff, L Kakkar and L Sutherland of Houndwood.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 9 June 2010

Second Reading - Academies Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbenchers L Low of Dalston, E of Listowel, B Murphy, L Northbourne, L Rix and L Sutherland of Houndwood contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 7 June 2010

Queen's Speech Debate - Education, Health, Welfare and Culture. 16 Independent Crossbenchers spoke in the debate - L Elis-Thomas, B Emerton, B Greengross, L Hall of Birkenhead, B Howarth of Breckland, B Howe of Idlicote, L Kakkar, E of Listowel, B Masham of Ilton, L Mawson, B Murphy, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Patel, L Rix, L Sutherland of Houndwood and L Williamson of Horton.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 3 June 2010

“Britain’s ballooning prison population is a disastrous mess. It is folly in a severe financial crisis to keep on jailing so many people” – article based on a speech in the Queen’s Speech debate on Home Affairs & Justice by Independent Crossbencher L Woolf.
The Times newspaper, Thursdsay 27 May 2010

Creaking Lords? No, but we need a better way to select peers. The House of Commons has become almost wholly ineffective in checking the Government, for reasons that are well known - letter to the Editor of The Times by B D’Souza, Convenor of the Independent Crossbench Peers.
The Times newspaper, Friday 21 May 2010

"English is not enough to get by in the world - Young people and the UK economy are losing out because of a dismissive and shortsighted attitude to language teaching". Letter to the Editor by Independent Crossbencher Baroness Coussins, who is also Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages.
The Times newspaper, Tuesday 18 May 2010

"Taxpayers face £50m bill as prisoner sues for voting rights". Article quoting Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
Evening Standard, Monday 10 May 2010

"Safeguards for London transport." Letter to the Editor from a number of signatories including Independent Crossbencher B Valentine.
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 10 May 2010

"Viscount Colville of Culross The 4th Viscount Colville of Culross, who died on April 8 aged 76, was a Home Office minister under Edward Heath and later an elected cross-bench member of the Lords; it was said that for half a century he went to the House every night he was in London."
Daily Telegraph newspaper, 4 May 2010

"Perspectives on climate change" - letter to the Editor from a number of signatories including Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Independent newspaper, Monday 26 April 2010

"The Queen becomes a kingmaker if no party is overall winner. A hung Parliament would give rise to a number of intriguing constitutional dilemmas." Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, 22 April 2010

"Raising the Armada" - article about the BBC Parliament documentary on the recreation of the Armada Tapestries. This included interviews with former Crossbench Convenor L Williamson of Horton and Senior Researcher to the Convenor Julian Dee.
BBC News website, Friday 9 April 2010

“A scandalous way to force through constitutional reform”. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 25 March 2010

Second Reading - Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Armstrong of Ilminster, B Boothroyd, L Cobbold, B D'Souza, L Jay of Ewelme, L Pannick, E Sandwich, L Turnbull, L Williamson of Horton, L Wilson of Dinton, L Wright of Richmond and B Young of Hornsey contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 24 March 2010

Second Reading - Energy Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Oxburgh and L Palmer contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 23 March 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the British Humanist Association's reports Quality and Equality: Human Rights, Public Services and Religious Organisations and The Case for Secularism: A Neutral State in an Open Society'. Independent Crossbenchers V Craigavon and B Flather contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 18 March 2010

“Crossbench peers’ contribution to the legislative process” Crossbench Convenor Baroness D’Souza commissioned the above paper which was circulated on 16 March 2010. It outlines the work of several Crossbenchers who have recently crafted legislation or influenced public policy by: tabling amendments; successfully putting a case for government amendments; tabling private members' bills; or by obtaining on-the-record assurances from government in response to probing amendments etc.

The paper also links this work to the independence and diverse expertise that those Crossbenchers bring to the House of Lords, where that has helped them to build coalitions with stakeholders and across party lines within Parliament. Included in the paper are outlines of successful amendments that:

• Help to make Business Improvement Districts more effective (Business Rate Supplements Act, 2009);
• Guarantee access for certain failed asylum seekers to secondary healthcare and treatment for HIV / AIDS (Health Act, 2009);
• Replaced proposed compulsory treatment for Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance claimants dependent on drugs with a requirement to attend assessments for treatment (Welfare Reform Act 2009);
• Blocked the 42 day detention-without-charge for terrorist suspects proposal (Counter-Terrorism Act 2008);
• Strengthen rights for two million council house dwellers (Housing and Regeneration Act, 2008);
• Blocked the amalgamation of HM’s Prisons Inspectorate into an overarching Justice Inspectorate (Police and Justice Act, 2006).

Crossbench website, Friday 19 March 2010

“Brown's home care plans set for defeat in the Lords: Peers likely to condemn proposed £670m scheme for free care for the elderly”. Article which quotes Independent Crossbencher L Butler of Brockwell.
The Independent newspaper, Wednesday 17 March 2010

“Lords’ last chance to protect broadband customers”. Article which quotes Independent Crossbencher E Erroll in relation to his amendment to the Digital Economy Bill.
PC PRO online magazine, Friday 12 March 2010

“Lord Ramsbotham: Issue is no less than whether we are a civilised country.” Article by Independent Crossbencher L Ramsbotham on allegations of abuse of asylum seekers.
The Independent newspaper, Friday 12 March 2010

“Handcuff restraint of asylum seekers criticised”. Article quoting Independent Crossbencher B O’Loan.
BBC News website, Friday 12 March 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the Committee on the Barnett Formula (First Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 139)'. Independent Crossbencher L Moser contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 11 March 2010

“Ex-MI5 chief says US 'concealed suspect mistreatment'." Article quoting a speech to a House of Lords audience by Independent Crossbencher B Manningham-Buller.
BBC News website, Wednesday 10 March 2010

Second Reading - Children, Schools and Families Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool, B Deech, B Howarth of Breckland, L Laming, E Listowel and L Ramsbotham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 8 March 2010

Second Reading - Anti-Slavery Day Bill. Independent Crossbencher B Young of Hornsey moved the debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher L Alton of Liverpool.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 5 March 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the significance for society and the economy of policies to provide and support teaching excellence in schools, colleges and universities'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, E Listowel and B Warnock contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 March 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the International Women's Day global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women'. Independent Crossbenchers B Afshar, B Coussins, L Crisp, B Howe of Idlicote and E Sandwich contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 March 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the case for enhancing the means available to the House of Lords to scrutinise legislation and public policy'. Independent Crossbencher L Butler of Brockwell contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 25 February 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the consequences of the cuts to higher and further education funding that have been announced'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, L Butler of Brockwell, B Greenfield, L Krebs, L Luce, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Patel, L Ramsbotham and L Rees of Ludlow contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 25 February 2010

Second Reading - Financial Services Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew and B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords, Tuesday 23 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Prisons - Howard League Commission. Independent Crossbenchers L Elystan-Morgan and L Ramsbotham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 22 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Public Services - Co-location. Independent Crossbencher L Mawson sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 22 February 2010

"Tracey Emin, Barbara Windsor and the Queen among the 'ladies of today' Tracey Emin joined Carry On star-turned-EastEnders matriarch Barbara Windsor, dance guru Arlene Phillips and the Queen on a list honouring the 'ladies of today' " Article reporting an article by The Lady magazine listing 125 of the most ''intelligent, empowered and inspirational'' women to celebrate its 125th year. A number of Crossbench Peers were included: B Greenfield (Science & Research), B D'Souza (Activists & Charity), B Boothroyd (Public office & Law)
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday 15 February 2010

"Commissioner must appoint senior officers following 'disastrous' Ali Dizaei case Britain’s top policeman should have the power to appoint his own senior officers after disgraced commander Ali Dizaei was “disastrously” picked by politicians, a former head of Scotland Yard has claimed." Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Imbert.
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday 16 February 2010

"NHS hospitals ignore patient safety orders Watchdog says failure by trusts to comply with alerts is 'unacceptable'. Article reporting comments by National Patient Safety Agency chairman and Crossbench Peer, L Patel of Dunkeld."
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 16 February 2010

"Free care for the elderly need not be ruinous Don’t believe those who say Scotland is suffering a social care catastrophe. Its experience is vital for the rest of the UK" - article by Independent Crossbencher L Sutherland of Houndwood, who serves as Chairman of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care of the Elderly.
The Times newspaper, Monday 15 February 2010

"UK economy cries out for credible rescue plan" - letter to the Editor of the Sunday Times signed by several individuals including Independent Crossbencher L Turnbull.
The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 14 February 2010

Second Reading - Fiscal Responsibility Bill. Independent Crossbencher L Skidelsky contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 10 February 2010

Second Reading - Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Elystan-Morgan, L Lloyd of Berwick and L Pannick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 9 February 2010

"Iraq war was illegal, says former lord chief justice - But, says Lord Bingham, any legal redress is unlikely" Interview with Independent Crossbencher and retired Lord Chief Justice, L Bingham.
The Guardian, Monday 8 February 2010

"Justice for the Wounded: Better payouts for injured troops - Wounded troops are to be given increased compensation payments following an outcry over attempts by the Ministry of Defence to limit pay-outs." Article reports on Independent Crossbencher L Boyce's compensation review.
Daily Telegraph Monday 8 February 2010 (7 Feb online version)

"Prisoners 'could sue' if denied vote in general election - Ministers' reluctance to comply with 2005 European ruling could breach inmates' human rights." Article reports comments by Independent Crossbencher L Ramsbotham
The Observer newspaper, Sunday 7 February 2010

"The voice that will never be silenced". Article reporting on Independent Crossbencher B Campbell of Surbiton's work in the House of Lords.
Daily Mail newspaper, Saturday 6 February 2010

"Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson appointed peer in House of Lords - Britain's most successful paralympian will sit on cross benches as one of four non-party political peers announced today". Article reporting on the appointment of four new peers who will sit as Independent Crossbenchers.
The Guardian newspaper, Saturday 6 February 2010 (5 February online version)

Tanni Grey-Thompson goes back to her roots as she looks forward to life in the Lords - Why 20 years in sport and a past passion for politics are the perfect preparation for Tanni Grey-Thompson as she begins her new career as a working peer.
Daily Telegraph, Friday 5 February 2010

Second Reading - Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbencher L Greenway contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 5 February 2010

Second Reading - Patient Transport Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbencher B Greengross sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 5 February 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the role of enterprise and innovation in stimulating economic growth'. Independent Crossbencher E of Erroll contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 February 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the United Kingdom's national security strategy'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew and B Manningham-Buller contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Congo. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool and B Cox contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 3 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Mental Health - Age Discrimination. Independent Crossbencher B Murphy sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Crisp, B Greengross and B Meacher.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 3 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Assisted Dying. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool, B Butler-Sloss, B Campbell of Surbiton, V Craigavon, L Elystan-Morgan, B Emerton, B Greengross, B Meacher, B Murphy, B O'Loan, B O'Neill of Bengarve and B Warnock contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 3 February 2010

Question for Short Debate: Blind and Partially Sighted People - Street Design. Independent Crossbencher L Low of Dalston sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Best and L Crisp.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 3 February 2010

"People should be forced to look after grandparents to repay them for free childcare - Children should be forced to care for their elderly parents and grandparents, one of Britain's most senior family lawyers will say". Article reporting a speech by Independent Crossbencher B Deech.
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday 2 February 2010

Second Reading - Personal Care at Home Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Best, L Butler of Brockwell, B Campbell of Surbiton, L Low of Dalston, B Masham of Ilton, B Murphy, L Sutherland of Houndwood and L Turnbull contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 1 February 2010

"Bar to hold pilot tests for fluency in English - Standards body acts on skills concerns". Article reporting on comments by Independent Crossbencher B Deech.
Financial Times newspaper, Monday 1 February 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the case for a fairer and more progressive tax system'. Independent Crossbencher B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 28 January 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the case for further political and constitutional reform'. Independent Crossbenchers L Butler of Brockwell, L Carswell, L Luce and B Murphy contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 28 January 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Codecision and National Parliamentary Scrutiny'. Independent Crossbenchers L Hannay of Chiswick and L Kerr of Kinlochard contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 28 January 2010

“Don’t forget the role of Chagos Islanders - The Chagos Islanders want to be involved with the conservation and environmental protection of the islands”. Letter to the Editor signed by Independent Crossbenchers L Luce and L Ramsbotham and others.
The Times newspaper, Tuesday 26 January 2010

Counterterrorism: Foreign Office Budget - Private Notice Question. Independent Crossbencher L Bramall asked a supplementary question.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 21 January 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the prospects for multilateral nuclear disarmament and for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation'. Independent Crossbencher L Hannay of Chiswick sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Bramall, L Owen, L Ramsbotham and V Waverley.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 21 January 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the current state of Her Majesty's Probation Service'. Independent Crossbencher L Ramsbotham sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Birt, L Dear, B Howe of Idlicote, L Rix, B Stern, V Tenby and L Woolf.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 21 January 2010

‘Prisons fail to make us safer in the longer term’. Letter to the Editor signed by Independent Crossbenchers L Dear, L Ramsbotham and L Woolf.
Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Sunday 24 January 2010

"Funding museums - The university museums are among the greatest in the country, yet their core funding is threatened". Letter to the Editor of The Times signed by a number of academics including the Independent Crossbenchers L Butler of Brockwell, L Hannay of Chiswick, L Krebs, B O'Neill of Bengarve and L Sutheland of Houndwood.
The Times newspaper, Wednesday 20 January 2010

Debate - 'To call attention to the outcome of the Copenhagen conference on climate change; and to move for papers'. Independent Crossbenchers L Birt, L Browne of Madingley, L Hannay of Chiswick, L Kerr of Kinlochard, L Oxburgh, L Patel, L Rees of Ludlow, E Sandwich and L Stern of Brentford contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 14 January 2010

Second Reading - Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbencher L Scott of Foscote contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 15 January 2010

Question for Short Debate: NHS - Staff Qualifications. Independent Crossbenchers B Finlay of Llandaff and B Masham of Ilton contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 19 January 2010

Second Reading - Video Recordings Bill. Independent Crossbencher L Pannick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 18 January 2010

Ethnic minorities 'no longer always disadvantaged'. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Ouseley.
BBC News website, Thursday 14 January 2010

Second Reading - Child Poverty Bill. Independent Crossbenchers E of Listowel and L Northbourne contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 5 January 2010

Motion to Take Note - 'That the House takes note of preparations for the hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London'. Independent Crossbenchers B Coussins and B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 5 January 2010

“The twelve days of Christmas: Ten Lords a Leaping”. Convenor of the Independent Crossbench Peers B D’Souza is interviewed by CNN’s Richard Quest on the work of Crossbench Peers in the House of Lords.
CNN Television, Wednesday 23 December 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'To move that this House takes note of the Pre-Budget Report 2009'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bilimoria and B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 16 December 2009

Second Reading - Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbenchers L Hannay of Chiswick and L Ramsbotham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 8 December 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Committee on Climate Change's progress report: Meeting Carbon Budgets-The Need for a Step Change'. Independent Crossbenchers L Krebs, L May of Oxford, L Stern of Brentford and L Turnbull contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 8 December 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Pandemic Influenza: Follow-up (3rd Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 155)'. Independent Crossbencher L Sutherland of Houndwood sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L May of Oxford and L Patel.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 7 December 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the contribution of modern language skills to the United Kingdom economy'. Independent Crossbencher B Coussins sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Broers, B Butler-Sloss, V Montgomery of Alamein, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Williamson of Horton and L Wright of Richmond.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 3 December 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the future of the BBC'. Independent Crossbenchers B Deech and B Howe of Idlicote contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 3 December 2009

Second Reading - Digital Economy Bill [HL]. Independent Crossbenchers L Birt and B Howe of Idlicote contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 2 December 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the Leader's Group on the Code of Conduct (HL Paper 171, Session 2008-09); and that Part 3 of the Report be remitted to the Committee for Privileges, with an instruction that it reports a Guide to the Rules on the Conduct of Members of the House of Lords to the House'. Independent Crossbenchers B D'Souza, L Dear, L Eames, L Jay of Ewelme, L Lloyd of Berwick, L Low of Dalston, B Manningham-Buller, L Martin of Springburn, L Monson, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Scott of Foscote, L Williamson of Horton and L Woolf contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 30 November 2009

Queen's Speech Debate - Education, Health and Equality. Ten Independent Crossbenchers spoke in the debate - L Aberdare, L Best, V Brookeborough, B Greengross, B Howe of Idlicote, E Listowel, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Quirk, L Rix and L Sacks.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 26 November 2009

"Lord Levene: Men of all faiths and none can together restore trust in business". Extract from a speech by Independent Crossbencher L Levene of Portsoken.
The Independent newspaper, Friday 27 November 2009

"Wanted: new merchants of light: Modern problems of climate and ageing will only be solved if we value young talent in science." Article by Independent Crossbencher L Rees of Ludlow.
The Times newspaper, Monday 30 November 2009

"The bright sparks who illuminate the history of science". Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Rees of Ludlow.
The Times newspaper, Monday 30 November 2009

"Top honour for Scots academic". Article reporting news that Independent Crossbencher L Patel of Dunkeld has been appointed a Knight of the Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland, by HM The Queen.
The Scotsman newspaper, 30 November 2009

"Copenhagen climate conference: Emission impossible. Two of the top thinkers on climate change explain why the most important political gathering of our time will succeed or fail" Article by Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Guardian newspaper, 30 November 2009

Queen's Speech Debate - Business and Economic Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Culture. Six Independent Crossbenchers spoke in the debate - L Bilimoria, L Martin of Springburn, L Rowe-Beddoe, Ld Saltoun of Abernethy, L Skidelsky and B Valentine.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 25 November 2009

Queen's Speech Debate - Home Affairs, Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Eight Independent Crossbenchers spoke in the debate - L Butler of Brockwell, L Cobbold, L Harries of Pentregarth, B Manningham-Buller, L Mawson, B O'Loan, L Williamson of Horton and L Woolf.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 23 November 2009

“‘How much money is enough?’ - in 1930, Keynes predicted that by 2030, we'd be working a 15-hour week. But he underestimated our appetite for wealth” – article by Independent Crossbencher L Skidelsky (first appeared online on 22 November).
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 23 November 2009

'Women's rights: why too much of a good thing is bad for you'. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher B Deech.
Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 22 November 2009

'Peer calls for radical steps to reduce rapes - Introduce free late-night transport for women and teach boys about consent, says Baroness.' Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher B Stern.
Independent on Sunday newspaper, Sunday 22 November 2009

Independent Crossbencher B Deech was interviewed about rights for cohabiting couples.
BBC1 Politics Show, Sunday 22 November 2009

“Church and ‘muscular Christianity’” - letter to the editor by Independent Crossbencher L Hylton.
The Times newspaper, Saturday 21 November 2009

'Credo: The lesson of Noah’s Ark is that wolves can lie down with lambs - Essentially the Sabbath is about recognising that we are not just creators but also creation'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Sacks.
The Times newspaper, Saturday 21 November 2009

Queen's Speech Debate - Foreign Affairs. Eleven Independent Crossbenchers spoke in the debate - L Bramall, L Cameron of Dillington, B Flather, L Guthrie of Craigiebank, L Hannay of Chiswick, L Hylton, L Jay of Ewelme, L Luce, E Sandwich, B Young of Hornsey and V Waverley.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 19 November 2009

‘The Derry Irvine case shows why politicians must know their limits - When sweeping changes are announced without proper consultation, it’s time for a written constitution. ‘ Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times Thursday 19 November 2009

‘Don’t doom Bridget Jones to life without a partner - A leading lawyer cautions against new rights for unmarried couples. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher B Deech.
The Times Thursday 19 November 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on Fast-track Legislation: Constitutional Implications and Safeguards (15th Report, HL Paper 116)'. Independent Crossbencher L Pannick contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 10 November 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The future of EU financial regulation and supervision (14th Report, HL Paper 106)'. Independent Crossbenchers L Haskins and L Skidelsky contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 10 November 2009

Motion to Take Note - 'That this House takes note of matters relating to Her Majesty's Armed Forces and of future defence policy'. Independent Crossbenchers L Boyce, L Craig of Radley, B D'Souza, L Guthrie of Craigiebank, L Inge, E of Stair and L Walker of Aldringham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 6 November 2009

Report on speeches made in a House of Lords defence debate by three retired Chiefs of the Defence Staff: the Independent Crossbenchers L Boyce, L Guthrie of Craigiebank and L Inge.
BBC News website, Friday 6 November 2009

Question for Short Debate: Immigration - Detention and Deportation. Independent Crossbencher L Hylton sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher L Best.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 4 November 2009

Question for Short Debate: Water Management. Independent Crossbencher L Dear sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 3 November 2009

‘Scientists line up to attack Alan Johnson over sacking of drug adviser’. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Krebs.
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 2 November 2009

‘Quiet cars threat to blind people’. BBC1’s Breakfast programme interviewed Independent Crossbencher L Low of Dalston about his campaign to raise awareness of the danger to blind and partially sighted and other road users posed by the silence of hybid / electric cars. The report was broadcast three times that morning at about ten to the hour.
BBC News website, Tuesday 3 November 2009

Government Scientists - Private Notice Question. Independent Crossbenchers B Meacher and L Sutherland of Houndwood asked supplementary questions.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 2 November 2009

‘Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet’ – article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Times newspaper, Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question for Short Debate: Immigration - Migrant Workers. Independent Crossbencher L Harries of Pentregarth sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher E Sandwich.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question for Short Debate: Autism. Independent Crossbencher B Prashar sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher B Greengross
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 26 October 2009

‘Lessons from my mother: charity work’ – article by Christa D’Souza about a trip to a school in Afghanistan with her mother Baroness D’Souza who is Convenor of the Independent Crossbench Peers.
The Times newspaper, Saturday 24 October 2009

Question for Short Debate: Older Workers. Independent Crossbenchers B Greengross and B Howe of Idlicote contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 22 October 2009

Question for Short Debate: Pharmacies. Independent Crossbencher B Murphy contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 12 October 2009

‘Should we all have a say on who sits in the Supreme Court?’ – article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 8 October 2009

‘Lord Sutherland: It is critical we get definitions for levels of care’.
The Scotsman newspaper, Friday 2 October 2009

‘Piracy, cyber-crime and climate change – bringing NATO and insurance together At first glance, NATO and Lloyd's of London might seem like strange bedfellows.’ Article by Independent Crossbencher Lord Levene and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Wednesday 30 September 2009

"Stop giving ex-wives these undeserved millions, says Baroness Deech" - article which reports on a series of lectures to be given by the Independent Crossbencher.
The Times newspaper, Monday 14 September 2009

"Stern: Rich nations will have to forget about growth to stop climate change / Economic expansion cannot be achieved forever if greenhouse gases are to be curbed, warns the leading economist and author of the UK's government's report on climate change." Article written by Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Guardian newspaper, Saturday 12 September 2009

“Baroness Chapman: community worker and campaigner”. Obituary of the late Baroness Chapman of Leeds which includes an account of the successful Chapman Amendments to the 2008 Local Transport Act, which broke a thirteen year deadlock in the process of implementing DDA protections for wheelchair users wishing to use taxis. See also further below (“from the archive”) for the BBC1 Breakfast programme report which showed Lady Chapman trying to hail a taxi in Trafalgar Square, at the start of her legislative campaign.
The Times newspaper, Friday 11 September 2009

"‘We close at five’ mentality in the dock: Many aspects of the implementation of capital punishment stain the reputation of the justice system in the United States." Article written by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick QC.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 10 September 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Independent Crossbencher Baroness Chapman was filmed in Trafalgar Square trying to hail a taxi in order to highlight the difficulties that many wheelchair users experience. The filming was shown every hour on BBC1’s Breakfast programme. She also took part in a studio discussion before putting an Oral Question in the House of Lords which asked the Government when the provisions relating to wheelchair users and taxis in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act, would be brought into force.
BBC1 Breakfast Programme, Tuesday 18 December 2007

"Copenhagen cap urged for airline emissions" - article reporting on calls from the government's Committee on Climate Change which is chaired by Independent Crossbencher L Turner of Ecchinswell.
Financial Times newspaper, Tuesday 8 September 2009

“Nuclear-free world ultimate aim of new cross-party pressure group” – article which reports on the establishment of an all-party group which includes Independent Crossbenchers L Boyce, L Guthrie and L Inge.
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 8 September 2009

"Leading scientist calls on religious leaders to tackle climate change" - article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L May of Oxford
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 7 September 2009

“Groundbreaking peer dies aged 48”. This article reports the death of the disability rights campaigner and Crossbench Peer Baroness Chapman of Leeds.
BBC News Website, Friday 4 September 2009

"Turner backs living wills for banks" - article reporting an interview with Independent Crossbencher L Turner of Ecchinswell.
Financial Times newspaper, Thursday 3 September 2009

"Call for end to rider ignorance over drugs" - article reporting on a report by Independent Crossbencher L Stevens of Kirkwhelpington.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 3 September 2009

“Mandarins launch attack on Labour - Former top civil servants criticise party's record on cabinet government”. Article reporting comments made by Independent Crossbenchers L Armstrong of Ilminster, L Butler of Brockwell, L Turnbull and L Wilson of Dinton.
The Observer newspaper, Sunday 23 August 2009

‘Judges know little about criminals - Compassion for sick prisoners is a matter best left to politicians’. Article written by Independent Crossbencher L McCluskey.
The Times newspaper, Friday 14 August 2009

'Texting 'could increase attention deficit disorders' says Baroness Greenfield. Texting, Twittering and other forms of instant communication could lead to a rise in attention deficit disorders, Baroness Susan Greenfield, the neuroscientist, has warned.'
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Wednesday 12 August 2009

‘A plea for The Observer to be saved’. Letter to the Editor signed by Independent Crossbenchers L Harries and B Warnock.
The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 9 August 2009

‘Are you a Pacifist?’ Comment by Independent Crossbencher B Warnock.
The Observer newspaper, Sunday 9 August 2009

‘How to rebuild a shamed subject.’ Article by Independent Crossbencher L Skidelsky.
Financial Times newspaper, Wednesday 5 August 2009

‘Pesticides risk - The rush to judgment about organic food’. Letter to the Editor by Independent Crossbencher Lord Baldwin.
The Times newspaper, Tuesday 4 August 2009

‘Farewell to the Law Lords.’ Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 30 July 2009

“Mary Warnock: Children need to be taught to think highly of education Students from state schools won't tangle with the snobs and the toffs”. Article by Independent Crossbencher B Warnock.
The Independent newspaper, Wednesday 29 July 2009

‘MI5 should not be given a licence to bribe, say MPs and peers’ – article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher V Colville of Culross.
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 28 July 2009

“Britain unprepared for next wave of swine flu – peers”. Article which quotes Crossbencher and Science & Technology Committee Chairman L Sutherland.
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 28 July 2009

“The Diary: Lord Weidenfeld”.
Financial Times newspaper, Saturday 25 July 2009

“Galileo was beaten to the Moon by a shy Englishman” - article by Independent Crossbencher L Rees of Ludlow.
The Times newspaper, Friday 24 July 2009

'Our next giant leap will need private backing - Spacecraft branded like racing cars, reality TV from the Moon? The next 40 years in space will be very different from the last'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Rees of Ludlow.
The Times newspaper, Wednesday 22 July 2009

‘Lords defeat on terror safeguards’ – article reporting on an amendment by Independent Crossbencher L Lloyd of Berwick which would establish an Independent Commissioner for terrorist suspects.
BBC News website, Monday 13 July 2009

'I'm bossy. I'm ambitious. I love ideas. And I love life' – interview with Independent Crossbencher B Campbell of Surbiton
The Guardian newspaper, Saturday 11 July 2009

Second Reading - Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill. Independent Crossbenchers B Deech and B Warnock contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 10 July 2009

‘Europe must lead climate talks’ – Letter to the Editor, signed by Independent Crossbencher L Browne of Madingley and others.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 9 July 2009

Second Reading - Parliamentary Standards Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Armstrong of Ilminster, L Elystan-Morgan, L Low of Dalston, L Neill of Bladen, L Williamson of Horton and L Woolf contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 8 July 2009

‘Swine flu's at my gate. But I'm not afraid’ – contribution from Independent Crossbencher B Warnock.
The Observer newspaper, Sunday 5 July 2009

‘How computers can harm your children's future... by damaging their brains’ – article written by Independent Crossbencher B Greenfield.
The Mail on Sunday newspaper, Sunday 5 July 2009

‘Make state-run banks invest in renewable energy, urges ex-BP chief Lord Browne’.
The Times newspaper, Monday 6 July 2009

‘MPs fight for honeybee funding’ – article mentions Crossbencher C Mar’s support of a newly established All-Party Parliamentary Group on Honey Bees.
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 6 July 2009

‘Amending the law on the DNA database needs proper scrutiny’. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 2 July 2009

'Letters: Prison sentences - stop handing down useless, costly prison sentences'. Letter signed by Independent Crossbenchers L Ramsbotham and L Woolf and others.
The Independent newspaper, Thursday 2 July 2009

‘The World’s Moral Duty’. Crossbench peer Lord Jay of Ewelme sets out the issues being discussed in his Lords debate on the UN doctrine of 'responsibility to protect'.
Epolitix website, Tuesday 30 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: UN - Responsibility to Protect. Independent Crossbencher L Jay of Ewelme sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbencher E Sandwich.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 30 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Common Fisheries Policy Report. Independent Crossbencher L Cameron of Dillington contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 29 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the National Dementia Strategy'. Independent Crossbencher B Murphy sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers B Greengross, B Howe of Idlicote, L Rix, B Walton of Detchant and B Warnock.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 25 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the role of the National Health Service in learning from and promoting medical and scientific research, clinical teaching, health care delivery and social enterprise and cohesion'. Independent Crossbencher L Walton of Detchant sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Bew, B Emerton, B Masham of Ilton and L Mawson.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 25 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Afghanistan - Farming. Independent Crossbencher L Ramsbotham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 23 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Guantanamo Bay. Independent Crossbencher L Bridges sponsored this debate and was joined by the fellow Crossbencher L Ramsbotham.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 23 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: India - Investment. Independent Crossbencher L Janvrin sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Bilimoria and B Coussins.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 23 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Social Work. Independent Crossbencher E Listowel sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 23 June 2009

‘A Celebration of Older Age’. This photographic series includes pictures of Crossbenchers L Bramall and B Butler-Sloss with other peers on Parliament’s Committee Corridor (photo 6/11) and B Warnock with two of her sisters (photo 8/11).
The Observer newspaper, Sunday 21 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London'. Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Loughborough, B Coussins, L Mawson, L St. John of Bletso, B Valentine and B Young of Hornsey contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 18 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the Iraq invasion and lessons for the future'. Independent Crossbenchers L Butler of Brockwell, L Harries of Pentregarth, L Ramsbotham, E of Sandwich, L Steyn and L Wright of Richmond contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 18 June 2009

‘Iraq probe 'may be partly public'.’ Article which reports a speech to the House of Lords by Independent Crossbencher L Butler of Brockwell.
BBC News website, Thursday 18 June 2009

‘‘New vision’ needed for the Olympic legacy, says Rogers’. This article reported on comments made by architect L Rogers at a symposium organised by Crossbench Convenor B D’Souza and fellow-Crossbencher L Mawson of Bromley-by-Bow.
Architects' Journal, Thursday 18 June, 2009

'Cross-party support to begin immediate reform of the Lords'. Letter signed by several parliamentarians including Independent Crossbencher B Murphy.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 18 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Organophosphates. Independent Crossbencher C Mar sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 17 June 2009

Letter to the Editor of The Times by the Convenor of the Independent Crossbench Peers B D'Souza about loosing expertise in an all-elected upper house.
The Times newspaper, Tuesday 16 June 2009

‘Lord Steyn - 'Abandon ID cards'’. An abridged version of Independent Crossbencher L Steyn’s speech, given as the Lord Williams of Mostyn Memorial Lecture.
The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday 16 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Parliament and the Public. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool and B Coussins contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 16 June

Debate - 'To call attention to the legislative proposals for constitutional renewal'. Independent Crossbencher L Armstrong of Ilminster contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 11 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the quality and cost of public transport and the level of crime on public transport'. Independent Crossbencher B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 11 June 2009

'Expert view: How will the squeeze on budgets hit healthcare?' Contribution from Independent Crossbencher L Adebowale.
The Guardian newspaper, Wednesday 10 June 2009

'Economists clash on shifting sands'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Skidelsky.
Financial Times newspaper, Tuesday 9 June 2009

'Civil justice system: why we are doing well but can do better' - article by Independent Crossbencher L Woolf.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 11 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the contribution of the creative industries to the United Kingdom economy'. The Independent Crossbenchers L Rowe-Beddoe and B Young of Hornsey contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 June 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the contribution of science, technology and engineering to the United Kingdom'. The Independent Crossbenchers L Crisp, B Greenfield, V Montgomery of Alamein and L Rees of Ludlow contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 4 June 2009

Second Reading - Policing and Crime Bill. The Independent Crossbenchers B Finlay of Llandaff, L Ramsbotham, E of Rosslyn and B Stern contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 3 June 2009

Second Reading - Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, B Howe of Idlicote, E of Listowel, L Low of Dalston, L Moser, B O'Neill of Bengarve, L Rix and L Sutherland of Houndwood contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 2 June 2009

Question for Short Debate: Government Statistics. The Independent Crossbenchers L Moser, L Rowe-Beddoe and L Skidelsky contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 1 June 2009

'The United Nations response is shameful - Sri Lanka's citizens, like so many before them, have been failed by a limp Human Rights Council'. Article written by Independent Crossbencher L Hannay of Chiswick.
The Times newspaper, Saturday 30 May 2009

Letter to the Editor of The Times by L Wright of Richmond about Independent Crossbenchers in a reformed Upper House.
The Times newspaper, Friday 29 May 2009

'Prince Charles: save rainforests to beat climate change'. Article which quotes Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 28 May 2009

'Export of English law falters in credit crunch'. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher L Woolf.
Financial Times newspaper, Wednesday 27 May 2009

'Gift of Braille still as precious after 200 years'. Article which quotes Independent Crossbencher L Low of Dalston
The Scotsman newspaper, Tuesday 26 May 2009

'Heathrow third runway a mistake, says Lord Stern'
The Guardian newspaper, Friday 22 May 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the changes required of society to meet the 2050 carbon dioxide emissions target set by the Climate Change Committee'. Independent Crossbenchers B Flather, L Rees of Ludlow and L Tanlaw contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 21 May 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the effect of disease on the British bee population, the spread of the varroa mite and the consequences for the pollination of crops and fruit'. The Independent Crossbencher L Cameron of Lochbroom contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 21 May 2009

‘Listening and learning: lessons from the sorry saga of Clause 11’ – article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick about the Coroners and Justice Bill.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 21 May 2009

Debate - Privileges Committee reports. Crossbench Convenor B D’Souza and Independent Crossbenchers L Kilclooney and L Lloyd of Berwick spoke in the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 20 May 2009

Second Reading - Coroners and Justice Bill. Independent Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool, L Craig of Radley, Viscount Craigavon, B D'Souza, L Elystan-Morgan, B Emerton, B Finlay of Llandaff, L Hylton, L Imbert, L Lloyd of Berwick, L Moran, L Neill of Bladen, L Pannick, L Patel, B Stern and B Warnock contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 18 May 2009

Question for Short Debate: National Probation Service. Independent Crossbencher L Ramsbotham sponsored this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 14 May 2009

Question for Short Debate: Transport - Segway. Independent Crossbencher E Erroll contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 14 May 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policies on the well-being of children and families'. Independent Crossbenchers B Butler-Sloss, L Elystan-Morgan, B Howarth of Breckland, B Howe of Idlicote, E Listowel, L Northbourne, L Ramsbotham and B Warnock contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 14 May 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the opportunities for the United Kingdom tourism industry’s growth and greater contribution to all parts of the economy'. Independent Crossbenchers V Montgomery of Alamein, E Sandwich and B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 14 May 2009

'The European rights courts has its uses - to keep us on our toes'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick QC
The Times newspaper, Thursday 7 May 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the contribution made by British armed forces to the defence of the United Kingdom and to peace-keeping activities around the world'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bramall, B Emerton, L Ramsbotham and E of Stair contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 30 April 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the Government’s public health agenda'. Independent Crossbenchers B Masham of Ilton and L Ramsbotham contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 30 April 2009

Second Reading - Welfare Reform Bill. The Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Surbiton, B D'Souza, C Mar, B Meacher, B Murphy, L Northbourne, L Ramsbotham and L Rix contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 29 April 2009

Question for Short Debate: United Nations. The Independent Crossbenchers B Coussins, L Hannay of Chiswick and E of Sandwich contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 28 April 2009

‘Ex-defence chief says attack on liberties is bowing to terrorists’. Article reporting a speech by Independent Crossbencher L Craig of Radley in his surveillance and civil liberties debate. Crossbencher L Steyn’s speech is also reported.
The Guardian newspaper, Friday 24 April 2009

Law Commission Bill [HL] - Second Reading. The Independent Crossbencher L Lloyd of Berwick contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 24 April 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the findings of the Independent Public Inquiry headed by Lord Archer of Sandwell into the infection and deaths of patients with HIV and hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood and blood products'. Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Surbiton and L Low of Dalston contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 23 April 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to any effect on civil liberties from electronic surveillance and the collection, monitoring, storage and loss of digital information about individual members of the public'. The Independent Crossbencher L Craig of Radley sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers E of Erroll, L Steyn and L Woolf.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 23 April 2009

'When lawyers try to make the case for the other side disappear'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick QC.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 23 April 2009

Question for Short Debate: Racial Hatred - 'Undercover Mosque'. The Independent Crossbencher L Bew contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 20 April 2009

'Ahead of her question to ministers in the Lords on Wednesday, Baroness Masham of Ilton writes for ePolitix.com on the dangers of PVL, a toxin that destroys white blood cells.'
ePolitix.com website, Tuesday 12 April 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the regulation, collection and retention of personal data and its impact on personal privacy, liberty and freedom'. The Independent Crossbencher Lady Saltoun of Abernethy contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 2 April 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the growing impact of online piracy on the future of Britain’s creative talent'. The Independent Crossbencher L Birt contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 2 April 2009

'Seventy is far too early for a supreme court judge to retire…'. Article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick QC.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 26 March 2009

'Bringing barristers into harmony with the times'. Profile of Independent Crossbencher B Deech, Chairwoman of the Bar Standards Board.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 26 March 2009

'Peers call for independent inquiry into allegations of UK role in torture'. Article about the rendition allegations letter to The Times signed by several peers.
The Guardian newspaper, Wednesday 25 March 2009

'Rendition allegations require inquiry' - Letter to the Editor of The Times. Five Independent Crossbenchers were among those who signed the letter: B D'Souza, L Guthrie, L Hannay, L Ramsbotham, L Rees of Ludlow.
The Times newspaper, Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question for Short Debate: NHS - Doctors. The Independent Crossbencher B Masham of Ilton contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 23 March 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the care of older adults and long-term disabled people'. Independent Crossbenchers B Emerton, B Greengross, L Rix, L Sutherland of Houndwood and V Tenby contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 19 March 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the celebrations of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin'. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, L Birt, L Chorley and V Montgomery of Alamein contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 19 March 2009

‘People to be able to donate healthy organs to family members or close friends after death’. Article which reports a change in donor organ policy announced by the Government during a debate on an amendment to the Health Bill by Independent Crossbencher B Finlay of Llandaff.
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Wednesday 18 March 2009

Second Reading - Political Parties and Elections Bill. The Independent Crossbencher L Neill of Bladen contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 18 March 2009

Question for Short Debate: Health - Cognitive Therapy. The Independent Crossbenchers B Meacher and C Mar contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 18 March 2009

Debate on Independent Crossbencher B Finlay’s preferential organ donation amendment to the Health Bill. In the debate, the Health Minister B Thornton announced a change in organ donation policy to enable the wishes of a deceased donor to be taken in to account in respect of relatives or friends who require a transplant.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 17 March 2009

'Lord Stern on global warming: It's even worse than I thought - Author of definitive report on climate change sounds ominous new warning'. Article reporting concerns by Independent Crossbencher L Stern.
The Independent newspaper, Friday 13 March 2009

Postal Services Bill [HL] - Second Reading. Independent Crossbenchers L Birt and L Neill of Bladen contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 10 March 2009

Northern Ireland Bill - Second Reading. Independent Crossbenchers L Bew, V Brookeborough and B O'Neill of Bengarve contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 9 March 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the strengthening of governance and the rule of law in Africa'. The Independent Crossbencher E Sandwich sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Alton of Liverpool, L Hannay of Chiswick, L Luce and L St. John of Bletso.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 5 March 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the case for maximising the talent and skills available to the nation to ensure its future economic prosperity'. The Independent Crossbencher B Greengross sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Broers, L Hastings of Scarisbrick and B Warnock.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 5 March 2009

‘Obama’s chance to lead the green recovery’. Article by Joseph Stiglitz and Independent Crossbencher Nicholas Stern.
Financial Times newspaper, Monday 2 March 2009

'Taking the long view' - interview with Independent Crossbencher L Sutherland on the eve of the 10th anniversary of his Royal Commission report on the long term care of the elderly.
The Guardian newspaper, Wednesday 25 February 2009

Question for Short Debate: Scotland - Public Service Broadcasting. The Independent Crossbenchers L Hope of Craighead and L Wilson of Tillyorn contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 25 February 2009

‘Facebook and Bebo risk 'infantilising' the human mind’. Further article and interview on Independent Crossbencher B Greenfield’s contribution to a House of Lords debate on 12 February 2009.
The Guardian online, Tuesday 24 February 2009

‘Lord Dearing - Civil servant whose report recommended that students should pay for their university education.’ Obituary of the Independent Crossbencher Lord Dearing, who died on Thursday 19th February 2009.
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 23 February 2009

‘The digital revolution risks injuring the way we think: Be it Facebook or Twitter, new technologies deliver exciting new ways to engage. But we have to ask if there is a downside.’ Article about Independent Crossbencher B Greenfield’s recent speech in a House of Lords IT debate.
The Guardian newspaper, Monday 23 February 2009

Geert Wilders – Private Notice Question. Convenor of the Independent Crossbench Peers Baroness D’Souza asked a supplementary question.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 12 February 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the publication of the Good Childhood Inquiry report'. Independent Crossbenchers B Butler-Sloss, E Listowel and L Northbourne contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 12 February 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the growth in the use of social networking internet sites by children and the adequacy of safeguards to protect their privacy and interests'. The Independent Crossbencher B Greenfield contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 12 February 2009

'Are bankers just like anybody else and do they deserve protection?' Article in which Independent Crossbencher L Pannick examines retrospective legislation in the UK constitutional context.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 12 February 2009

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL] - Second Reading. Independent Crossbenchers B Butler-Sloss, B Howe of Idlicote, L Hylton, E Listowel, L Lloyd of Berwick, L Ramsbotham, E Sandwich and B Stern contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 11 February 2009

BBC London News - interview with Independent Crossbench Peer L Mawson of Bromley-by-Bow on securing the Olympic Legacy; broadcast on BBC1.
BBC News website, Tuesday 10 February 2009

'Torture uses the body against the soul. It is illegal and dumb: As the diplomatic row continues over claims that a British resident was mistreated, a former Chief of Defence Staff condemns an ineffective practice'. Article written by Independent Crossbencher L Guthrie.
The Times newspaper, Friday 6 February 2009

'Flights could be rationed, says environment tsar Lord Turner'. Article reporting comments by Independent Crossbencher
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Friday 6 February 2009

'Lords: rise of CCTV is threat to freedom - World's most pervasive surveillance undermines basic liberties, say peers'. Article which reports on a Lords Constitution Committee report. Crossbenchers L Pannick and L Woolf are members of the Committee.
The Guardian newspaper, Friday 6 February 2009

Health Bill [HL] - Second Reading. Independent Crossbenchers B Campbell of Surbiton, B Emerton, B Finlay of Llandaff, B Greengross, B Howarth of Breckland, B Masham of Ilton, B Meacher, L Monson, B Murphy, L Palmer and L Walton of Detchant contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 4 February 2009

'Forcing out judges at 70 ‘threatens supreme court’' - article which reports comments by Independent Crossbenchers L Pannick and L Woolf.
The Times newspaper, Monday 2 February 2009

'Inquests without a jury: the Government needs to think again' - article by Independent Crossbencher L Pannick.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 29 January 2009

‘A man with a microscope’ – article about Independent Crossbencher and social entrepreneur L Mawson of Bromley-By-Bow.
Whitehall & Westminster World newspaper and civilservicenetwork.com website, Thursday 29 January 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the impact of choice on the level of inequality'. Independent Crossbencher B O'Neill sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers B Afshar, L Dahrendorf, L Harries, L Krebs and L Northbourne.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 29 January 2009

Debate - 'To call attention to the political aspects of addressing climate change'. Independent Crossbencher L Browne of Madingley sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers L Broers, L Hannay, L May and L Rees.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 29 January 2009

Private Notice Question - 'To ask the Leader of the House what action she will take to uphold the reputation and the standards of the House in response to the allegations against Members of the House contained in the Sunday Times on 25 January 2009.' Convenor of the Crossbench Peers Baroness D'Souza asked a supplementary question.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 26 January 2009

Equal Pay and Flexible Working Bill [HL] - Second Reading. Independent Crossbencher B Howe of Idlicote contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Friday 23 January 2009

Drugs - Debate. Independent Crossbencher B Meacher sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Independent Crossbenchers L Birt, L Cobbold, E of Erroll, E of Listowel, B Masham of Ilton, B Murphy, B Stern, V Waverley and L Williamson of Horton.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 22 January 2009

Tourism - Debate. Independent Crossbencher B Valentine contributed to this debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 22 January 2009

Question for Short Debate: Israel and Palestine - Gaza. Crossbenchers E Sandwich and L Woolf contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 21 January 2009

Question for Short Debate: Agriculture and Food - Research Funding. Crossbenchers L Cameron of Dillington and L Haskins contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 20 January 2009

'Protect the Elderly'. Four Crossbenchers signed a letter to Editor of The Times about elder abuse: Baronesses Greengross, Murphy and Howe of Idlicote and Lord Patel.
The Times newspaper, Monday 19 January 2009

Question for Short Debate: Automotive Industry. Crossbencher L Rowe-Beddoe contributed to the debate.
House of Lords Hansard, Monday 19 January 2009

'Forced retirement could be outlawed' - article which reports comments by Independent Crossbencher B Greengross.
Daily Telegraph newspaper, Friday 16 January 2009

Trident replacement - letter to the Editor of The Times. Independent Crossbenchers Field Marshal L Bramall and General L Ramsbotham signed a letter calling for a debate on the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons.
The Times newspaper, Friday 16 January 2009

Newsnight report on the letter to The Times from Crossbenchers L Bramall and L Ramsbotham. This was the first item on that night's programme and featured an interview with L Ramsbotham.
BBCi Player, 15 / 16 January 2009 (available for seven days)

'Generals in 'scrap Trident' call' - article reporting comments by Crossbencher L Ramsbotham on BBC2's Newsnight on Thursday evening, ahead of the publication of his letter in The Times the following morning.
BBC News website, Friday 16 January 2009

'I’ll be the judge of that – and I reserve the right to change my mind' - article written by Crossbencher L Pannick QC about unusual judicial blunders and changes of mind.
The Times newspaper, Thursday 15 January 2009

Debate: Children's Services. Three Crossbenchers contributed to the debate: B Howarth of Breckland, E Listowel and L Northbourne.
House of Lords Hansard, Thursday 15 January 2009

'Minister disappointed at failure to ban North-East race chant fan' - article which reports on a Minister's written parliamentary answer to Crossbencher L Ouseley, about a magistrate's decision not to ban a football fan who admitted racist chanting.
The Northern Echo newspaper, Thursday 15 January 2009

Women in prisons - Question for Short Debate. Independent Crossbencher B Howe of Idlicote sponsored this debate and was joined by fellow Crossbenchers B Finlay of Llandaff, L Low of Dalston, L Ramsbotham and B Stern.
House of Lords Hansard, Wednesday 14 January 2009

Retirement - Question for Short Debate. Independent Crossbencher B Greengross sponsored this debate and was joined by the fellow Crossbenchers B Afshar and L Stevenson of Coddenham.
House of Lords Hansard, Tuesday 13 January 2009