On 3 October 2008, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the appointment of Baroness Royall as the new Leader of the House of Lords.
"I believe that the House of Lords has an essential role in the democracy and politics of the United Kingdom. The House is one of the vital checks and balances of the British constitution. Members of the House bring to its role as the revising second chamber of Parliament a unique combination of knowledge, experience and wisdom. I am both privileged and proud - and humbled as well - to be the Leader of the whole House, and its servant too."
Rt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Leader of the House