Sarah Ludford, Baroness Ludford


Sarah Ludford, Baroness Ludford
The Right Honourable
The Baroness Ludford
MEP
Member of the European Parliament
for London
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Personal details
Born 14 March 1951 (1951-03-14) (age 60)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Steve Hitchins
Alma mater London School of Economics

Sarah Ann Ludford, Baroness Ludford (born 14 March 1951) is a Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and a nonvoting member of the House of Lords (where her voting membership is suspended during her MEP tenure).

She was made a Life peer as Baroness Ludford, of Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington in 1997.

A former councillor in the London Borough of Islington, and married to the former leader of the council, Steve Hitchins, she was elected as an MEP for London at the European Parliament election in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and in 2009.

Because of the change in the rules of the European Parliament, she is not entitled to sit in the Lords due to her re-election to the European Parliament in the 2009 election. In October 2008, Parliament's rules were changed so that if a member of the Lords were elected as an MEP, their right to sit and vote in the Lords would be suspended. This satisfies the new European Parliament rules and hence, Lady Ludford, the only person to whom this applies, is not allowed to vote in the Lords while an MEP.

She is vice president of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, and a member of the Liberal Democrat groups Friends of Israel and Friends of Turkey.

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