House of Lords Appointment Commission – New Non-party Political Peers
18 October 2007
Two new non-party-political peers recommended by the House of Lords
Appointments Commission were announced today. They will sit on the
crossbenches in the Upper House. Haleh Afshar currently teaches Politics
and Women's Studies at the University of York. She is also the Visiting
Professor of Islamic Law at the International Faculty of Comparative Law,
University of Strasbourg. Professor Afshar is the founder and Chair of the
Muslim Women's Network, and she is an advisor to the Government on
public policy relating to Muslim women and Islamic law.
Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the
London School of Economics and is an internationally distinguished
economist. Previously he was the Head of the Government Economic Service
and adviser to Her Majesty's Government on the economics of climate
change and development. He led the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate
Change, which focused on the likely economic consequences of climate change
for current and future generations.
Notes to Editors
Media enquiries about the work of the House of Lords Appointments
Commission should go to Maggie O'Boyle on 07880 740627.
Further information on the Appointments Commission can be obtained from
The Appointments Commission is a non'statutory advisory body set up
by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political
peerages. The Commission's remit is to find people of distinction who
will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The Commission
recommends individuals on merit and their ability to contribute
effectively to the work of the House.
The House of Lords Appointments Commission has now recommended a total of
44 non-party-political peerages to the Prime Minister.