Lancaster peer earns top House of Lords job

Baroness Henig.
Baroness Henig.

A leading light of Lancaster has been appointed a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords.

Baroness Ruth Henig will be part of a team of 20 to 25 who will chair debates when the Lord Speaker is not present.

Becoming deputy speaker of the Lords is the latest in a long list of achievements for Baroness Henig during her career in public service.

A historian and a political activist originally from Leicester, she spent 34 years at Lancaster University and 24 years as a Labour member of Lancashire County Council (1981 to 2005) serving as the council’s chairman from 1999 to 2000.

She stood as Labour candidate for the Lancaster seat in the general elections of 1979 and 1992.

Baroness Henig became a life peer in 2004 after retiring from Lancaster University.

She was one of the first to be made an honorary fellow by the university and is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

She also became a specialist in policing and the development of the private security sector as chairman and then president of the Association of Police Authorities (1997 to 2012) and chairman of the Security Industry Authority (2007 to 2013).

Baroness Henig was also a member of the Commission into the Future of Policing in England and Wales).

She also chaired the board of the Dukes from 1987 to 1995 and the Adult Education College in Lancaster from 1981 to 1991, was a governor and then chairman of Lancaster Central High School from 1985 to 1995, and chaired both the Lancaster Community Safety Partnership and the Lancaster Regeneration Board.

Baroness Henig was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 2002 and was awarded the CBE for services to policing in 2000.

She served as a magistrate in Lancaster between 1984 and 2005 and on the Lancashire Advisory Committee - the body which appointed new magistrates in Lancashire.

She is also a keen bridge player and supporter of Leicester City Football Club.

The role of the Deputy Speaker in the Lords made national headlines this week when Lord Sewel resigned from the position over drugs allegations.