Lord Thomas of Gresford Portrait

Lord Thomas of Gresford

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Became Member: 30th September 1996

Liberal Democrat Shadow Attorney General

(since June 2015)

Lord Thomas of Gresford is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
Madagascar, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union Football Club
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee
20th Jun 2019 - 23rd Jul 2019
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
8th Jun 2015 - 1st Jul 2019
Bribery Act 2010 Committee
17th May 2018 - 4th Mar 2019
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Wales)
7th Sep 2015 - 28th Oct 2016
Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee)
18th Jul 2011 - 12th Mar 2012
Draft Bribery Bill (Joint Committee)
11th May 2009 - 16th Jul 2009
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
26th Jun 2001 - 8th Dec 2003


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Thomas of Gresford has voted in 501 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Thomas of Gresford voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 33 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
21 Jun 2022 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022 - View Vote Context
Lord Thomas of Gresford voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 29 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 28 Noes - 181
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Baroness Goldie (Conservative)
(15 debate interactions)
Lord Stewart of Dirleton (Conservative)
Advocate General for Scotland
(14 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Scotland Office
(56 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(55 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(54 debate contributions)
Home Office
(25 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Thomas of Gresford, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


2 Bills introduced by Lord Thomas of Gresford


A Bill to make provision about individual expression on matters of public interest; for participation in debates on matters of public interest; and for discouraging the use of litigation as a means of limiting expression on matters of public interest

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 7th September 2022
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A Bill to make provision about individual expression on matters of public interest; for participation in debates on matters of public interest; and for discouraging the use of litigation as a means of limiting expression on matters of public interest

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Friday 18th March 2022
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Lord Thomas of Gresford has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 3 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims for damages relating to alleged misconduct by UK Armed Forces personnel serving overseas have been made in each year since 2003; what percentage of these claims have been settled; what was the (1) total, and (2) average, cost of such settlements; and whether any (a) current, or (b) former, member of the UK Armed Forces has been required to contribute to settlement costs.

Since 2003, Her Majesty's Government has received in excess of 1,330 claims for damages relating to alleged misconduct by UK Armed Forces personnel serving overseas. These claims arise from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Cyprus Emergency in the late 1950s.

The claims received focus predominately on alleged unlawful detention but many incorporate allegations of mistreatment at the hands of British military personnel. Any payment of compensation in settlement of claims received would have been made by the Ministry of Defence.

We are currently unable to provide with certainty a breakdown of the claims as requested due to the current restrictions and lack of access to data. The process of collating the information will take some time and will require going through historical records. In addition, any information provided would be on a provisional basis as confirmation would require cross-reference with paper records.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the investigation of claims for damages relating to alleged misconduct by UK Armed Forces personnel serving overseas.

All claims received are considered under the principles of common law and dealt with on a strict legal liability case. If, following an investigation, it is found that there is substance to the allegations and there has been negligence on our part, compensation is paid. This pertains to any claim regardless of the location.

15th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned Kantar Group to survey public attitudes towards the independence of the judiciary; and if so, whether they intend to publish the findings of any such survey.

The Government has not commissioned Kantar Group to survey public attitudes towards the independence of the judiciary and the justice system.

I can say with confidence that our judges are renowned around the world for their excellence and impartiality.