Lords Diary

“One advantage of being a non-affiliated peer, with no party whip, is that I can choose which bills I follow. It makes for a varied political experience, but it can mean being an isolated voice, raising issues not usually considered within the Westminster bubble.  More gratifying is when something is so important it allows peers … Read more

War on words: is Scotland ready for its new hate crime law?

Scotland is getting a new, modern blasphemy code in the form of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act, which takes effect from 1 April. The offence of ‘stirring up racial hatred’ will be extended to disability, religion, sexual orientation, age, transgender identity and variations in sex characteristics. The new law gives few assurances … Read more

Politics Live, 14th March 2024

Claire was on the BBC Politics Live panel with Conservative peer James Bethell, Labour peer Beth Anderson, Tribune editor Taj Ali and presenter Jo Coburn. Topics discussed included: the US House of Representative’s proposed ban of TikTok, the government’s new definition of extremism, Diane Abbott and Labour’s attitude to racism, and the idea of “limitarianism”.