Newcomers to the House of Lords

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Waheed Alli: 34. Managing director of the highly successful Planet Television, which launched the Big Breakfast show for Channel 4. Said to be worth pounds 10m. He is a personal friend of Tony Blair.

Tom Sawyer: 55. The Party's outgoing general secretary is thought to have played a key role in bringing the party back from the political wilderness as a moder- niser. A former deputy general secretary of Nupe and held the same position with Unison.

Melvyn Bragg: 58. A leading figure in arts broadcasting for 20 years, presenting and editing the South Bank Show. Head of arts at London Weekend Television. Also a radio presenter, novelist and screenwriter.

Brian Mackenzie: 55. Former vice-president and president of the Superintendents' Association. Advised Michael Howard and Jack Straw.

Norman Warner: 58. Senior policy adviser to Jack Straw, the Home Secretary. Social policy guru and ministerial adviser on welfare and criminal justice issues in the Seventies and early Eighties.

Chris Haskins: 61. Chairman of Northern Foods, a businessman who has taken a keen interest in social issues. A member of the New Deal Task Force, and a trustee of the Runnymede Trust and the Civil Liberties Trust.

David Brookman, 61. Former member of the NEC and a member of the TUC General Council.

Anthony Clarke: 66. Former deputy general secretary of the Union of Postal Workers, he was chairman of the Party for a short time in the early Nineties.

Tony Christopher: 73. Chairman of the Trades Union Fund Managers Ltd.

Christine Crawley: 48. MEP for Birmingham East, and deputy leader of the European Parliamentary Party since 1994.

John Tomlinson: 59. MEP for Birmingham West and the budget spokesman for the European Parliamentary Party.

Nazir Ahmed: 41. Founder of the British Muslim Councillors Forum. Chairman of South Yorkshire Party.

William Bach: 51. A Leicestershire barrister who had defended pop stars and footballers.

David Evans: 55. Chairman of the Centurion Press Group, the largest print manufacturing group in Europe. Sponsor of Emily's List, designed to bring more women into Parliament.

Toby Harris: 44. The leader of Haringey Council and chairman of the Association of London Government.

Mary Goudie: 52. Public affairs consultant and former minder to Roy Hattersley.

Glenys Thornton: 45. Another public affairs consultant. Former chair of Greater London Party.

Pola Uddin: 38. Equality manager at the London Borough of Newham, where she was elected in 1990 as the first Bangladeshi-born woman to sit on a local authority in Britain.


Norman Lamont: 56. Former Chancellor doomed by Black Wednesday, when Britain was forced out of the ERM. Acrimoniously sacked by former friend John Major.

Sir Tim Bell: 56. PR consultant and former Saatchi executive who advised both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Responsible for the " isn't working" posters.

Peta Buscombe: a vice chairman of the Conservative Party, is now playing a crucial role in the Tories' attempts to reinvent themselves following the election disaster.

Philip Norton: 47. Professor of government and director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull.

Paul White: leader of the Tories on Essex County Council and deputy chairman of the Local Government Association. One of the most senior local government figures in the party.

Liberal Democrat

Sue Miller: 44. The former Liberal Democrat leader on South Somerset District Council, which was the Local Government Chronicle council of the year in 1997.

Margaret Sharp: 59. An academic and member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee. A founder member and former election candidate for the SDP, and an election candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

Timothy Clement-Jones: 48. A public affairs consultant and chairman of the Liberal Democrat Federal Finance Committee.

Andrew Phillips: 59. A solicitor and chairman of the Citizenship Foundation.