Archy Kirkwood

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Spokesperson for Welfare

Lord Kirkwood was MP for Roxburgh & Berwickshire from 1983 until 2005, when he was made a peer in the dissolution honours.

Political Career

Awarded Rowntree Political Fellowship 1971

Aide to Liberal MP David Steel 1971-5 & 1977-8

Chief Whip 1992-7

Shadow Cabinet Member without portfolio 1997-2003

House of Commons Commissioner 1996-2005

House of Commons Select Committees

Finance & Services 1992-7

Selection 1992-7

Liaison 1992-2005

Court of Referees 1997-2005

Chair, Social Security 1997-2001

Chair, Work & Pensions 2001-2005


Former Trustee, Low Pay Unit

Former Chair, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

Director, Centre for Reform

Vice-Chair, All Party Post Office Group 2001-2005

Private Members Bills

Access to Personal Files Act 1987

Access to Medical Reports Act 1988

Lord Kirkwood is the former Chair of the Information Committee in the Lords

In 2015 he was appointed the Liberal Democrat Welfare Spokesperson

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