Higgins, Terence (10 of 12).  The History of Parliament Oral History Project

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    2012-04-27, 2013-07-16, 2013-07-18, 2013-07-23

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    Interviewee’s home, London and House of Lords, London

  • Interviewees

    Higgins, Terence, 1928- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Warren, Jemima, 1982- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: Talks about move from the Commons to the House of Lords. [00:00:24] Talks about length of John Major's tenure as Prime Minister. Talks about last years of Commons career. [00:02:39] Describes decision to stand down as an MP in 1997 after 33 years. [00:02:49] Talks about reorganisation of the Worthing constituency by the Boundary Commission. [00:05:32] Explains told by John Major of elevation to the Lords. [00:05:52] Explains reason for title as The Lord Higgins. [00:07:00] Describes immediate appointment in the Lords as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. [00:07:29] Describes positive working relationship with Baroness Hollis. [00:08:11] Talks about making maiden speech in the Lords from the front bench. [00:08:47] Talks about dealing with the social security measures introduced by Gordon Brown. Mentions burden on the Lords as a result of poor scrutiny in the Commons. [00:09:45] Talks about advantage of continuity of LH and Baroness Hollis while Minister of State level posts reorganised. [00:10:24] Talks about Baroness Hollis feeding LH's concerns back to the Secretary of State. [00:10:45] Explains did not want to serve on Lords select committees. [00:11:30] Talks about staff allocated to assist with front bench role. [00:12:04] Talks about front bench colleagues Baroness Anelay, Baroness Byford, and Baroness Noakes, and their subsequent Lords careers. [00:12:33] Talks about Baroness Anelay succeeding John Cope as Opposition Chief Whip in the Lords.

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