Frances D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness D'Souza
1 September 2011
|Preceded by||The Baroness Hayman|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Fowler (Designated successor, taking office on 1 September 2016)|
|Convener of the Crossbench Peers|
6 November 2007 – 31 August 2011
|Preceded by||The Lord Williamson of Horton|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Laming|
1 July 2004
|Nominated by||Tony Blair|
|Appointed by||Elizabeth II|
|Born||Frances Gertrude Claire Russell
18 April 1944
Sussex, United Kingdom
|Political party||non-affiliated (Speaker)|
|Crossbench (until 2011)|
|Spouse(s)||Stanislaus Joseph D'Souza
(1959–1974 & 2003–present)
Martin John Griffiths (1985–94)
|Committees||Procedure Committee (2005–present)
Selection; Privileges; Liaison; Administration and Works (2007–2011)
Frances Gertrude Claire D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza, CMG, PC (née Russell; born 18 April 1944) is a British scientist and Lord Temporal. She is currently Lord Speaker, having taken office on 1 September 2011.
Early life, education and early career
Frances Gertrude Claire Russell, the daughter of Robert Anthony Gilbert and Pauline (née Parmet) Russell, was educated at St Mary's School, Princethorpe, and went to University College London to read anthropology, graduating BSc in 1970. She subsequently undertook further study at Lady Margaret Hall, obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in 1976 from the University of Oxford. She worked for the Nuffield Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition from 1973–77, Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1977–80, and was an independent research consultant for the United Nations from 1985-88.
In 1959 she married Dr Stanislaus D'Souza; they had two children, but divorced in 1974. From 1985–1994 she was married to Martin Griffiths. In 2003 she and Stanislaus remarried. Their elder daughter is the journalist Christa D'Souza.
D'Souza was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1999.
House of Lords
D'Souza was created a Lord Temporal as Baroness D'Souza, of Wychwood in the County of Oxfordshire, on 1 July 2004. She sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, where she was the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from 2007 to 2011 with attendance "well above average".
In December 2015 the results of a Freedom of Information request revealed that D'Souza spent £230 to keep a chauffered car waiting while she watched a performance of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana with the chairman of the Federation Council of Russia. The journey was just a mile from the Houses of Parliament. She spent £270 holding a car for four and a half hours while she had lunch with the Japanese ambassador in central London. It was also revealed that a 10-day official trip to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the autumn of last year cost nearly £26,000, and that she had spent £4,000 across a five-year period on fresh flowers for her office at the taxpayer's expense.
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- "Lord Speaker's expenses reveal £230 bill for chauffeur to wait outside opera". The Guardian. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- Crace, John (15 April 2016). "On the niceness of Mr Nice, and the mystery of the shrinking python". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
The Lord Williamson of Horton
|Convenor of the Crossbench Peers
The Lord Laming
The Baroness Hayman
The Lord Fowler
|Order of precedence in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland|
Commonwealth Prime Ministers
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
as Lord Privy Seal
|Order of precedence in Scotland|
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
to the United Kingdom
as Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland
|Officers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords|
|House of Commons||House of Lords|
|Speaker||John Bercow||Lord Speaker||The Baroness D'Souza|
|Leader of the House of Commons||David Lidington||Leader of the House of Lords||The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park|
|Serjeant at Arms||Kamal El-Hajji||Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod||Lt-Gen. David Leakey|
|Clerk of the House||David Natzler||Clerk of the Parliaments||David Beamish|