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22 November 2010 | PR 10/177

Loughborough professor appointed as Labour peer

Professor Ruth Lister

Professor Ruth Lister.

Ruth Lister CBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, has been appointed as a member of the House of Lords.

Professor Lister will become a Labour peer, along with other illustrious names such as the writer and broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell DBE.

Ruth Lister has been Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough since October this year, having joined the University in 1994. Prior to that she was Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bradford for six years, and between 1971 and 1987 worked for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), a national campaigning charity, spending the last eight years as its director.  

Professor Lister was awarded the CBE in 1999 and elected as one of the founding Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences the same year.  She was instrumental in the award of Loughborough University’s fifth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2005 for its contribution to social policy.

In 2009 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and this year received a life-time achievement award from the Social Policy Association. She was also a member of the National Equality Panel, established by the then Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as a member of the House of Lords,” said Professor Lister. “As a Peer I will be able to raise still further the profile of social policy and social justice issues in the UK.”

Ed Miliband MP, Labour’s Leader of the Opposition, said: “I am delighted with the new Labour peers that will be joining our team in the House of Lords. They are all excellent appointments and they will be working peers who will actively hold the government to account.

“They were chosen for their experience across a broad range of fields, and I am sure that they will add to the work of Parliament.”


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Notes for editors:

  1. A full biography for Professor Lister is available on the University website.

  2. The full list of new Peers is as follows:
    Conservative peers
    - Tariq Ahmad - businessman and former Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party
    - Sir Robert Balchin DL - Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University
    - Elizabeth Berridge - Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship
    - Sir Michael Bishop CBE - career in civil aviation, Chairman of The Michael Bishop Foundation a charitable foundation
    - Alistair Cooke OBE - career in education, authorship and politics
    - Sir Patrick Cormack - former Conservative MP
    - Michael Dobbs - author, presenter and adviser to Margaret Thatcher and John Major
    - Robert Edmiston - businessman and charity campaigner
    - Sir Reg Empey OBE - Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party 2005 - 2010
    - Andrew Feldman - businessman and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party
    - Julian Fellowes DL - actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter
    - Stanley Fink - Chief Executive of International Standard Asset Management and Chairman of Earth Capital LLP. Treasurer of the Conservative Party
    - Howard Flight - career in finance; held various positions in Conservative Shadow Cabinet, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party 2004 -2005
    - David Gold - senior litigation partner at Herbert Smith LLP
    - Michael Grade CBE - past Chief Executive of Channel 4 Television and former Executive Chairman of ITV plc
    - Rachael Heyhoe-Flint OBE DL - past captain of England women's cricket team, currently public relations and sports marketing consultant
    - Anne Jenkin - charitable and political work for the Conservative Party
    - Sir Michael Lord - former Conservative MP and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
    - Rt Hon David Maclean - former Conservative MP; held a number of Ministerial posts; Opposition Chief Whip 2001 - 2005
    - George Magan - career in finance; former Conservative Party Treasurer and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Foundation
    - Sir Bernard Ribeiro CBE FRCS - retired Consultant General Surgeon; member of the Health Policy Research Advisory Board of the American College of Surgeons
    - Fiona Shackleton LVO - lawyer specialising in family law
    - Richard Spring - former Conservative MP
    - Tina Stowell MBE - former Head of BBC corporate Affairs; past Deputy Chief of Staff to William Hague as Leader of HM Opposition
    - Nicholas True CBE - past Deputy Head of the PM's Policy Unit; former Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords; Leader of Richmond Borough Council
    - Patience Wheatcroft - Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Journal Europe
    - Gordon Wasserman - internationally recognised expert on management of police forces
    - The Queen has also been graciously pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a Peerage of the United Kingdom for Life upon General Sir Richard Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Former Chief of the General Staff. Sir Richard has elected to sit on the cross benches.

  3. Liberal Democrat peers
    - Dr Sarah (Sal) Brinton - Executive Director of the Association of Universities in the East of England
    - Dee Doocey OBE - Chair of the London Assembly
    - Qurban Hussain - Deputy Group Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Luton Borough Council
    - Judith Jolly - Chair of Executive Committee of Liberal Democrats in Devon and Cornwall
    - Susan Kramer - former Liberal Democrat MP
    - Raj Loomba - businessman and campaigner for widows' rights
    - Jonathan Marks - commercial and family law QC with specialist interest in human rights and constitutional reform
    - Monroe Palmer OBE - Liberal Democrat Councillor and Chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel
    - Jenny Randerson - Liberal Democrat Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cardiff Central, former Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government
    - John Sharkey - Chairman of the Liberal Democrat 2010 General Election campaign
    - Nicol Stephen - Former Deputy First Minister of Scotland (2005 - 2007) and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats (2005 - 2008)
    - Ben Stoneham - Liberal Democrat HQ Operations Director
    - Mike Storey CBE - Primary School Head teacher, former Leader of Liverpool City Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Liverpool;
    - Paul Strasburger - businessman and philanthropist
    - Claire Tyler - Chief Executive of Relate

  4. Labour Party
    - Dame Joan Bakewell DBE - writer and broadcaster
    - Ray Collins - General Secretary of the Labour Party
    - Maurice Glasman - Senior Lecturer in political theory at London Metropolitan University and for his work with London Citizens
    - Jonathan Kestenbaum - businessman and Chief Executive of National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
    - Oona King - Head of Diversity at Channel 4 Television and former Labour MP; currently journalist and presenter
    - Ruth Lister - Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughbrough University
    - Eluned Morgan - former Labour MEP representing Mid and West Wales; currently Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University and for her work on low carbon energy
    - Sir Gulam Noon MBE - Chairman and Founder of Noon Products and of the Noon Foundation
    - Stewart Wood - former Downing Street and HMT special adviser, lecturer at University of Oxford; previously Fellow of Magdalen College and co-founder of Nexus
    - Bryony Worthington - career focusing on promoting environmental and social change
    - Rt Hon Dafydd Wigley - former Leader of Plaid Cymru; Honorary President of Plaid Cymru

  5. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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