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Lord McFall of Alcluith

Lord McFall of Alcluith

Lord Speaker

Elected Lord Speaker in 2021, with responsibility to oversee proceedings in the chamber, chair the House of Lords Commission and promote the work of the House in the UK and abroad.

Lord McFall is passionate about communicating the value of the House of Lords externally, bringing the devolved parliaments and Westminster closer and ensuring the House of Lords remains on the path of reform and modernisation. He has established a Lord Speaker’s Corner video podcast series to widen understanding of the Upper House and introduce viewers to the experience and expertise of its members.


Born Glasgow, 1944. Raised in Dumbarton, left school without qualifications at 15.

BSc in Chemistry from Paisley College of Technology (now the University of the West of Scotland). BA in Education and Philosophy from the Open University. MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

Chemistry and maths teacher and deputy head 1974-87.

Labour MP for Dumbarton and later West Dunbartonshire 1987-2010. Served as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office and as a Government Whip.

Chair of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee 2001-10, driving its work to scrutinise the key players during the global banking and financial crisis and making major recommendations to ensure reform of the sector.

Awarded life peerage as Lord McFall of Alcluith in 2010. Served on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

Senior Deputy Speaker of the Lords 2016-21, overseeing introduction of remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic. Led reforms to the select committees of the House. Played leading role in creation of Conduct Committee with independent lay members.