Lord Balfe was a member of the Labour Party until 2001, when his Whip was removed. He joined the Conservatives in 2002.He was MEP for London South inner 1979-1999 and for London 1999-2004. He was also a member of the Great London Council from 1973-1977. He is now one of a number of peers who visit colleges to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.
Our students were extremely interested to listen to and question Lord Balfe. Topics of discussion ranged from the importance of the EU in relation to issues of security and immigration, Syria, NHS and reforming the House of Lord.
Dave Evans, Politics course team leader, says: “As the House of Lords continues to play a key role in British politics, the talk not only provided excellent additional information for our students’ coursework, but also enhanced their ability to define a sometimes overlooked aspect of the British political process.
“Lord Balfe also encouraged the students to be aspirational with what they can achieve in their lives and to work to seek the changes they believe would make for a better society.”