23 Nov 2012

Lord Speaker visits Newcastle Science City

Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, is visiting Newcastle Science City today (Nov 23) to discuss how people can get involved in Parliament’s work.

Her visit will be the culmination of the Lords activity to mark Parliament Week, a national initiative to build greater awareness of, and engagement with, parliamentary democracy in the UK.

Paul Walker, Chair of Newcastle Science City, will join the Lord Speaker on a discussion panel at Newcastle University alongside Lord Shipley and Chandrika Nath, Deputy Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

The Lord Speaker will cover the work of the House of Lords, Lord Shipley will discuss the day to day work of a Member of the Lords, and how people can get in contact with members and Chandrika will discuss how science is supported in Parliament.

Speaking ahead of her visit, the Lord Speaker said: “The work of Parliament affects everyone, in every walk of life, every day of their lives. As Parliamentarians, it does us good to get away from the Westminster bubble and visit other areas of the country, hearing different perspectives from people who live outside the capital.

“I am very much looking forward to my visit to Newcastle and I hope that the debates, discussions and meetings I will have will be lively and informative, and will leave everyone who attends with a much greater understanding of the Lords, the political process and how best to engage with it.”

The Lord Speaker delivered a lecture to members of the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North yesterday, and today will also visit St Leonard’s Catholic School in Durham and About Turn, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of former members of the Armed Forces in the North East.

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