|The Baroness Doocey
|Member of the House of Lords|
21 December 2010
|Member of the London Assembly
for the Liberal Democrats (London-wide)
4 May 2000 – 3 May 2012
|Preceded by||Assembly Created|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Knight|
|Born||Elizabeth Deirdre O'Keefe
2 May 1948
Drumcondra, County Dublin, Ireland
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Spouse(s)||Jim Doocey; 1 child|
Elizabeth Doocey, Baroness Doocey OBE (née O'Keefe; born 2 May 1948), best known as Dee Doocey, is a British Liberal Democrat politician and businesswoman. A former Chair of the London Assembly, she was created a life peer in 2010 and is now the inaugural Chair of the House of Lords Finance Committee.
Born Elizabeth Deirdre O'Keefe in Drumcondra, Dublin, she married Jim Doocey and they have one son, Mark.
Dee Doocey was created a life peer on 21 December 2010, as Baroness Doocey, and sits on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords. In 2016, the House of Lords appointed her as the inaugural chair of its new Finance Committee. The Committee controls the House of Lords’ internal budgets, commissioning the House’s annual financial plan and monitoring expenditure. As Chair of the Committee, Baroness Doocey is a member of the House of Lords Commission, which provides high-level strategic and political direction for the House Administration. The Commission and the Finance Committee arose from recommendations of the Lords Leader’s Group on Governance, of which Baroness Doocey was a member.
During the 2010-2015 Parliament, she was the Coalition Government’s representative on the Criminal Justice Board. She was also a member of the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill , which comprised members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords, and which took written and oral evidence and made recommendations in a report to both Houses. She was a member of the House of Lords Refreshment Committee 2012 to 2015. In 2012, she was a member of the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill (Joint Committee).
Doocey was a member of the London Assembly from 2004-12. She was originally elected as the fifth person on the Liberal Democrat party list, as a London-wide member of the Assembly. She was re-elected for a second term in 2008 but did not contest the 2012 election. She was Chair of the London Assembly from 2010–11, and Deputy Chair from 2011-12. From 2004 to 2010 and again from 2011–12, she was chair of the Assembly's Economic Development, Culture, Sport & Tourism Committee (renamed the Economy, Culture and Sport Committee in May 2011), which was the lead Committee monitoring preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.
From 2005-12, Doocey was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversaw the Metropolitan Police. She chaired the MPA's Finance & Resources Committee from 2011 to 2012, and also chaired the MPA's Olympic & Paralympic sub-committee. She represented the Mayor of London on the Home Office Olympic Security Board from 2008-12.
Early political and business career
Prior to her election to the London Assembly, she ran a management consulting business, DD Enterprises. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dee Doocey was the Director of Finance at Liberal Party headquarters. She served as a Liberal councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames from 1986 to 1994, and was chair of the council's Housing Committee. She served as election agent for Vince Cable in her home constituency of Twickenham from 1992-2015.