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.
What do we want from the next Prime Minister on the Backstop?
The UK Government is now correct in asserting the right, in extremis, to appeal to international law under the Vienna Convention.
The Irish Backstop would “turn the Good Friday Agreement on its head”
20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement, Lord Bew – Emeritus Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University Belfast – finds the accord in relatively good health. Despite concerns generated by the UK's decision to leave the EU, cross-party support for the Agreement has increased and there are signs that the DUP & Sinn Fein are gearing up to try to restore power sharing.
Lord Bew of Donegore, of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly and one of the leading historians of Ireland, takes on the fashionable notion on both sides of the Border – especially in the Republic - that Brexit is an historic crime perpetrated by a nationalistic British electorate that has set in train an inevitable drift towards Irish unity.