Changes in the Lords as peer dies and elevation of senior judge announced

April 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Lord George, better known as Eddie George, a former Governor of the Bank of England, has died. He was 70.

He served ten years as Governor from 1993 to 2003.

The Times said:

“George’s pivotal moment of destiny had arguably come in 1997 when Gordon Brown, in one of his first acts as Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave the Bank responsibility for setting interest rates. George and his colleagues now found themselves responsible for large areas of British economic policy and, through the published inflation indices, also clearly accountable.”

Prime Minister Gordon said Lord George was “universally admired for his expertise, judgment and wisdom and it was my privilege to have worked with one of the world’s greatest and most respected central bankers.”

Downing St has announced that The Right Honourable Sir Anthony Clarke, Master of the Rolls, is to be made a life peer,

Sir Anthony, 65, was called to the Bar in 1965, took Silk in 1979, was appointed a Recorder in 1985 and was made a Bencher in 1987.

He was appointed to the High Court in 1993 and was knighted the same year.

He moved to the Court of Appeal in 1998.

In 2005 he was appointed as Master of the Rolls. He has been Head of Civil Justice since 2005.

In October he will become a Justice of the Supreme Court upon the retirement of the Right Honourable The Lord Scott of Foscote, the first Justice to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court.

Earlier this month Lord Justice Collins and Sir Brian Kerr, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland were appointed as Law Lords. Law Lords sitting in the House of Lords are the UK’s highest Court of Appeal.

On October 1st 2009 the Law Lords will become Justices of the Supreme Court.

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers will be the President of the Supreme Court.

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