Glenys Kinnock takes her seat in the House of Lords

July 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

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Former MEP Glenys Kinnock took her place in the House of Lords yesterday.

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead joins her husband Neil, former leader of the Labour party and European Commission, in the upper house.

She was appointed as Minister of Europe by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in last month’s reshuffle.

He was criticised for appointing as a minister someone who was not at that time a member of either House.

There was some confusion about her status, as she was still a member of the European Parliament at the time she was appointed. She stood down from the European Parliament just weeks ahead of her retirement.

Baroness Kinnock was supported at her introduction into the Lords today by the Leader of the House, Baroness Royall, and Lord Judd, who was a minister under Labour Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.

Her title is Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead in the County of Ynys Môn.

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