List of Members of the House of Lords, 55th UK Parliament

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Members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament following the election of 6 May 2010.[1] See also List of MPs, 55th UK Parliament.

Members as of 26 May 2010

























Dissolution Honours List

Working peerages and dissolution Honours announced on 28 May 2010.[4]

Working Peers List

Conservative Party

Liberal Democrat Party

Labour Party

Dissolution List

Conservative party

  • Timothy Eric Boswell – former Whip and Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Angela Frances Browning – former Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Rt Hon John Selwyn Gummer – former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and held other senior posts in government and opposition
  • Rt Hon Michael Howard QC – former Home Secretary, and held other senior posts in government and opposition
  • John Craddock Maples – former Economic Secretary, and held other senior posts in government and opposition
  • Sir Michael Spicer – former Government Minister for Housing and Chairman of Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

Liberal Democrat Party

Labour Party

  • Rt Hon Hillary Jane Armstrong – former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for Social Exclusion, and held other senior posts in government
  • Rt Hon Desmond (Des) Henry Browne – former Secretary of State for Defence and held other senior posts in government
  • John Davies (Lord Davies of Stamford) – former Government Minister, Defence, Labour[5]
  • Rt Hon Beverley Hughes – former Minister of State, Children, Schools and Families
  • Rt Hon John Hutton – former Secretary of State for Business, and held other senior posts in government
  • Rt Hon James (Jim) Philip Knight, Former Minister of State
  • Rt Hon Tommy McAvoy – former Government Deputy Chief Whip
  • Rt Hon John McFall – former Chair of Treasury Select Committee and MP for West Dunbartonshire
  • Rt Hon John Leslie Prescott – former Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, and held other senior posts in government
  • Rt Hon Dr John Reid – former Home Secretary, and held other senior posts in government
  • Rt Hon Angela Evans Smith – former Minister of State, Cabinet Office
  • Rt Hon James Donnelly (Don) Touhig – former Parliamentary under Secretary of State (Minister for Veterans), Ministry of Defence
  • Rt Hon Michael David Wills – former Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Democratic Unionist Party


November 2010 Peerages

Working Peerages announced on 19 November 2010.[6]

Conservative Party

Liberal Democrat Party

  • Dr Sarah (Sal) Brinton – Executive Director of the Association of Universities in the East of England
  • Dee Doocey OBE – Chair of the London Assembly
  • Qurban Hussain – Deputy Group Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Luton Borough Council
  • Judith Jolly – Chair of Executive Committee of Liberal Democrats in Devon and Cornwall
  • Susan Kramer – former Liberal Democrat MP
  • Raj Loomba – businessman and campaigner for widows’ rights
  • Jonathan Marks – commercial and family law QC with specialist interest in human rights and constitutional reform
  • Monroe Palmer OBE – Liberal Democrat Councillor and Chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel
  • Jenny Randerson – Liberal Democrat Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cardiff Central, former Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government
  • John Sharkey – Chairman of the Liberal Democrat 2010 General Election campaign
  • Nicol Stephen – Former Deputy First Minister of Scotland (2005 – 2007) and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats (2005 – 2008)
  • Ben Stoneham – Liberal Democrat HQ Operations Director
  • Mike Storey CBE – Primary School Head teacher, former Leader of Liverpool City Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Liverpool;
  • Paul Strasburger – businessman and philanthropist
  • Claire Tyler – Chief Executive of Relate

Labour Party

Plaid Cymru


August 1 2013 Peerages

Conservative Party

  • Richard Balfe – former MEP and Conservative Party Envoy to the Trade Unions and Cooperative movement
  • Sir Anthony Bamford DL - Chairman and Managing Director of JCB
  • Nicholas Bourne – former Leader of the Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales
  • Matthew Carrington – former Conservative MP
  • Daniel Finkelstein OBE – Associate Editor of The Times and former Head of Policy for the Conservative party
  • Annabel Goldie DL MSP – Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament; former Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
  • Lady (Fiona) Hodgson CBE – campaigner on women’s issues; senior member of the Conservative voluntary Party; former Chairman of the Conservative Women’s Organisation
  • Christopher (Chris) Holmes MBE – former Paralympic swimmer; Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012; Non-Executive Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; and a former Non-Executive Director of the Disability Rights Commission
  • John Horam – former MP; Conservative representative on the Electoral Commission
  • Howard Leigh - senior corporate finance professional; Conservative Party Treasurer; former Chairman and current President of Westminster Synagogue; former Trustee of Jewish Care and current Chairman of Jewish Care’s Business Group; Trustee of the Jerusalem Foundation in the UK
  • Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe CMG – former senior civil servant, including Number 10 Policy Unit; former leading Executive at Tesco Plc
  • Sir Stephen Sherbourne – longstanding political career in Westminster and public affairs, including former Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher), and former Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Opposition (Michael Howard)
  • Michael (Mike) Whitby – Conservative Councillor in Birmingham; former Leader of Birmingham City Council
  • Susan Williams – former Councillor and Leader of Trafford Council

Green party

  • Jenny Jones AM – member of the London Assembly; former Chair of the Green party of England and Wales and former Deputy Mayor of London

Labour Party

Liberal Democrat Party

  • Catherine (Cathy) Mary Bakewell MBE - former leader of Somerset County Council
  • Rosalind (Olly) Grender MBE - former Director of Communications for Shelter; former Director of Communications for the Liberal Democrats
  • Christine Mary Humphreys - President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats; former Member of the National Assembly for Wales
  • Zahida Manzoor CBE - former Legal Services Ombudsman; former Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • Brian Paddick - former Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Service
  • James Palumbo - co-founder and chairman of Ministry of Sound Group, the international music and entertainment business
  • Jeremy Purvis - former Member of the Scottish Parliament for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
  • Alison Suttie - former Press Secretary to the President of the European Parliament; former Deputy Chief of Staff to Nick Clegg and Election Manager for the 2010 General Election
  • Rumi Verjee CBE - entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Sir Ian Wrigglesworth - Liberal Democrat Treasurer; former MP for Teeside Thornaby and for Stockton South[7]

8 August 2014 Peerages

Conservative Party

  • Karren Brady CBE – Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC; Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Brands; Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party; and member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Women in Sport Advisory Board
  • Martin Callanan – former Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England; former Leader of the Conservative MEPs and of the European Conservatives and Reformists group
  • Carlyn Chisholm – senior volunteer in the Conservative Party; Co-Chairman of the Conservative Candidates Committee; former nurse
  • Andrew Cooper – former Director of Political Operations to the Conservative Party; founder and Board Director of Populus
  • Natalie Evans – Director of New Schools Network, an independent educational charity established to provide free advice and support for groups wanting to set up free schools
  • Michael Farmer – Founding Partner of RK Mine Finance Group; Trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust; Treasurer of the Conservative Party
  • Dido Harding – Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC
  • Arminka Helic – government special adviser; leading adviser to government on preventing sexual violence in conflict
  • Nosheena Mobarik CBE – businesswoman; former Chairman of CBI Scotland; founder and convener of the Scotland Pakistan Network; Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum
  • Sir Stuart Rose – former Chief Executive and Chairman of Marks and Spencer PLC
  • Joanna Shields OBE – leading technology industry executive and entrepreneur; the Prime Minister’s Digital Adviser; Chair of Tech City UK; and Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange
  • Ranbir Suri – businessman; former General Secretary of the Board of British Sikhs[8]

Labour Party

  • Michael Cashman CBE – Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands constituency; equality rights campaigner; former actor
  • Chris Lennie – political strategist; former Deputy Secretary General of the Labour Party
  • Dame Gail Rebuck – businesswoman, publisher, chairman of Penguin Random House UK[8]

Liberal Democrat Party

  • Chris Fox - Director of Group Communications for GKN; former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats
  • Cllr David Goddard – elected Member of Stockport Metropolitan Council; former Leader of Stockport Council; former Member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority; former Non-Executive Director of Manchester International Airport
  • Cllr Barbara Janke – elected Member and former Leader of Bristol City Council; former teacher
  • Cllr Kath Pinnock – elected Member and former Leader of Kirklees Council
  • Paul Scriven – managing partner for Scriven Consulting; former elected Member and Leader of Sheffield City Council; 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; Fellow of Robinson College[8]

Democratic Unionist Party

  • William Hay MLA – Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. NB – Mr Hay has elected to sit on the crossbenches.[8]

21st October 2014 peerages


  • Sir Jonathan Evans KCB was Director-General of the British Security Service from April 2007 to April 2013. He served for over 3 decades in the Service.
  • Sir Robert Rogers KCB was the Clerk of the House of Commons from October 2011 until his retirement in August 2014. He served the House for more than 4 decades.
  • Professor Alison Wolf CBE is an expert on vocational education and training and on the relationship between education, gender and the labour market. She is currently the ‘Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management’ at King’s College London.
  • Sir Andrew Green KCMG was the British Ambassador to Syria from 1991 to 1994, and to Saudi Arabia, 1996 to 2000. He served for over 35 years in the Diplomatic Service. Since retirement in 2000, he has carried out a wide range of voluntary work. This includes MigrationWatch UK which he co-founded in 2001 and still chairs.[9]


  1. Lists of Members of the House of Lords,, accessed 26 May 2010.
  2. Deceased Lords, acc 8 January 2011
  3. Lists of Members of the House of Lords,, accessed 26 May 2010.
  4. Peerages, honours and appointments,, 28 May 2010.
  5. Lord Davies of Stamford,
  6. Latest Peerages announced,, accessed 21 November 2010.
  7. Working peerages announced, Prime Minister's Office, 1 August 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Working peerages announced: 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 8 August 2014.
  9. Peerages conferred, Prime Minister's Office, 21 October 2014.