15/07/2013

Lord Bew To Chair Committee On Standards In Public Life

Lord Bew has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life following pre-appointment scrutiny by the Public Administration Select Committee.

Born in 1950, Paul Bew joined Queen's University Belfast in 1979 and was made Professor of Irish Politics in 1991. His key publications include The Making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement, Between War and Peace: The Political Future of Northern Ireland, and Ideology and the Irish Question:Ulster Unionism and Irish Nationalism 1912–1916.

He acted as historical adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2001 and was appointed as a non-party-political peer by the

independent House of Lords Appointments Commission in February 2007 following his contributions to the Good Friday Agreement. In 2007 he served on the Local London Authority Bill Select Committee and in 2011 served on the Joint Committee on the Defamation Bill, which addressed key issues of academic freedom. He chaired the independent review of Key Stage 2 (SATs)

provision in England which reported in 2011 and was accepted by the government.

(CD/MH)

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