Lords hail Magna Carta 800th

Baroness Boothroyd, Former Speaker of the House of Commons, taking part in the debate.

In early November, the House of Lords held a debate in recognition of the upcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Led by Baroness Boothroyd, a dozen members of the Lords offered their own views on Magna Carta, what it means to them, and what they feel the Parliament should be doing to commemorate the 800th anniversary.

In her opening speech, Baroness Boothroyd, former Speaker of the House of Commons, noted how fitting it was for the Lords to debate the commemoration of the 800th anniversary, noting that “the Barons who forced

King John to sign Magna Carta in 1215 paved the way for many of the liberties we and millions of others enjoy throughout the world …they laid the foundation on which our freedoms are based—the rule of law, the limitation of executive power and the rights of the individual.”

Answering the debate in his capacity as Deputy Speaker, Lord Sewel said “This is the type of debate that your Lordships’ House does very well… it does this in a way that illuminates and reinforces the values that underpin our current parliamentary liberal democracy. That is the whole basis for why we should celebrate Magna Carta.”

Other peers who spoke include Conservatives Lord Brooke and Lord Bourne, Liberal Democrats Lord Bew and Lord Addington, Labour peers Lord Parekh and Lord Stevenson, and Crossbenchers Lord Bilimoria and Baroness Lane-Fox.

You can read the full transcript of the debate at the Houses of Parliament website.

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