This new Life Peers’ Life Stories video series is a chance for your students to hear directly from some of our members. They will learn about their work outside the Chamber, their journey to becoming a Life Peer, and their contribution to the work of the House of Lords. 

Life Peers are the members of the House of Lords who are appointed for their experience and expertise in a particular area. There are Life Peers who were teachers, sportspeople, musicians, scientists, politicians, and soldiers. Members of the House of Lords use their expertise to scrutinise the work of the Government, giving them advice on how to run the country.  

Lord Woolley of Woodford  

Lord Woolley is the founder and director Operation Black Vote, an organisation which inspires and encourages British black and ethnic minority people to vote and get involved in their democracy. In this film, he visits the Cambridge University College where he is now Principal, and the housing estate in Leicester where he grew up. Lord Woolley uses his voice in the House of Lords to speak up for disadvantaged people in society.  

Baroness Grey-Thompson 

Baroness Grey-Thompson is a world-class paralympic athlete, winning 11 gold medals in her career. In this film, she visits the Olympic Park in London to mark 10 years since the 2012 paralympic games, in which she played a key role. Baroness Grey-Thompson uses her expertise to discuss disability rights and sports policy in the House of Lords.  

Lord McFall of Alcuith  

Lord McFall was elected Lord Speaker in 2021. His role is to chair the debates in the House of Lords chamber. He sat in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament for his hometown of Dumbarton, which he visits in this film. On joining the House of Lords, he became Senior Deputy Speaker and played an important part in keeping the House running during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

Before becoming a member of the House of Lords, Baroness Armstrong was an MP ran local community projects in the UK to support people in difficult circumstances. In this film, Baroness Armstrong visits Changing Lives in Sunderland, a support centre where she worked before becoming a Life Peer.  

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Baroness Finlay is a medical doctor and professor. She is an expert in palliative care, which means she works to support people who are at the end of their life. She has worked to improve funding for cancer care in Wales. In this film, Baroness Finlay visits a Cancer Centre in Cardiff, where she works as a consultant.

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

Before becoming a member of the House of Lords, Lord Hastings worked as a teacher and as Head of Public Affairs for the BBC. He has worked on projects to build racial equality, tackle poverty, and prevent crime. In this film, Lord Hastings visits Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute for a football match.

Lord Hayward

Lord Hayward is an expert in maths, which he has used to build a career in political polling and analysing votes in elections. He also works to promote equality and gay rights. Lord Hayward is a rugby fan and referee. In this film, he visits Harlequin’s RFC Pride Day.

Baroness Hussein-Ece

Baroness Hussein-Ece grew up in a Turkish-Cypriot family in London. She has worked to set up support and community centres for the Turkish community in London. In the House of Lords, she is an expert in issues affecting women and people from minority backgrounds. In this film, Baroness Hussein-Ece visits the Alevi Cultural Centre in Islington.