David Goddard, former Stockport council leader, is one of six new Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords announced today.
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, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg 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.”