Lord Bew


Lord Bew is Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. Prior to this he served as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2013 – 2018. He teaches Irish History and Politics at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University. Lord Bew has previously: – served on the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege – chaired the independent review of Key Stage 2 (SATs) provision in England – served on the Joint Committee on the Defamation Bill, which addressed key issues of academic freedom – served on the Local London Authority Bill Select Committee acted as historical adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry He was appointed as a non-party-political peer by the independent House of Lords Appointments Commission in February 2007, following his contributions to the Good Friday Agreement.

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