Lord Falconer of Thoroton

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Charlie Falconer was Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor - which combines the roles of speaker of the House of Lords, head of the England and Wales judiciary, and secretary of state for Constitutional Affairs. He is a joint president of the America APPG.

"Lord Falconer spent 25 years as a commercial barrister, becoming a QC in 1991. Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Lord Falconer was a minister in the Blair government from 1997 to 2007 as, among other posts, Lord Chancellor, Solicitor-General and Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform and Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration.

"Lord Falconer was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1974 and was appointed Solicitor General in May 1997. A year after joining the Blair government he moved to the Cabinet Office and became involved in all the critical issues which faced the government from 1998 until the 2001 election.

"In 2001, after the general election, he became Housing, Planning and Regeneration Minister and in 2002 he became Criminal Justice Minister. In June 2003 he became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. In 2007 he became the first Secretary of State for Justice bringing together courts, prisons and justice policy for the first time." [1]

He was named Shadow Justice Secretary under the acting leadership of Harriet Harman, and continues in this role after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party.


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  1. Lord Falconer, Demos, accessed September 20, 2015.