The Constitution Unit


Five years as Lords Speaker: Reflections on the Lords and its Future

4 August 2016


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Baroness D'Souza is coming to the end of her five-year term as Lord Speaker, being only the second ever holder of this position.

The position of Lord Speaker is very different to that of Speaker of the House of Commons, and much less well understood. In this event Baroness D'Souza reflected on her term of office in discussion with Meg Russell, outlining the Lord Speaker's role, the highs and lows of the last five years, her achievements and her hopes for the future - including the future of the Lord Speaker position, and more generally of the House of Lords. The discussion was informal and wide ranging, and was followed by questions from the audience.

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