Friday, 5 February 2010

Tanni Grey-Thompson to be independent peer

The House of Lords Appointments Commission has nominated four new peers, all of whom would sit on the cross-benches. Among them is Tanni Grey-Thompson, the recently-retired paralympian - and probably Wales' most successful athlete. I know that Dame Tanni has studied politics as an academic subject, and that she has fronted at least one Labour Party-sponsored event, so it is interesting that she has chosen not to associate herself with any particular party.

The other nominations are:

• Sir Michael Bichard, Chair of the Design Council and Director of the Institute for Government
• Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and Chair of the Cultural Olympiad and
• Professor Ajay Kakkar, Surgeon and Medical Researcher with a special interest in thrombosis

One assumes that, unless some financial or moral skeleton is found in the cupboard, all will be confirmed in due course.


D Evans said...

I doubt Tanni Grey-Thompson is non-partisan, she has stated in the past she's been a member of the Labour party. Cronyism once again.

Frank H Little said...

I prefer to think that she has seen through the Labour Party as it now exists. You imply a deviousness on her part which is out of character.