Sarah Ludford, Baroness Ludford

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The Baroness Ludford
Official portrait of Baroness Ludford crop 2.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for London
In office
10 June 1999 – 22 May 2014
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded bySeb Dance
Islington Borough Councillor
for Clerkenwell Ward
In office
7 November 1991 – 10 June 1999
Preceded byPaul Matthews
Succeeded byIsabelle Humphreys
Personal details
Born (1951-03-14) 14 March 1951 (age 67)
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Steve Hitchins
Alma materLSE
Sarah Ludford at UCL, November 2015

Sarah Ann Ludford, Baroness Ludford (born 14 March 1951) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and member of the House of Lords. She served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for London from 1999 until 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Her father, Joseph Ludford, sent her to the independent Portsmouth High School, before she went up to the London School of Economics, graduating as BSc and MSc. She subsequently qualified as a barrister, joining Gray's Inn in 1979.[1]

Political career[edit]

Ludford was created a Life Peer as Baroness Ludford, of Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington on 30 September 1997,[2] after serving as a Councillor for the London Borough of Islington 1991-99. She was elected MEP for London at the European Parliament election in 1999 and returned in 2004 and 2009, before losing her seat in 2014.[3]

A 2008-rule change by the European Parliament, prevented Ludford (like other Eurodeputies) from taking her seat in the House of Lords in the UK Parliament due to her re-election to the European Parliament in the 2009 election. In October 2008, the European Parliament's rules changed precluding MEPs from the right to sit and vote in any member-state's national parliament, thus enforcing their suspension. This satisfied the new European Parliament rules and hence, Baroness Ludford, the only British parliamentarian to whom this applied at the time, was not allowed to vote in the Lords while serving as an MEP.

She remains Vice President of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, and a member of the Liberal Democrat groups Friends of Israel and Friends of Turkey.[4]

Political positions[edit]

A longstanding opponent of capital punishment, Baroness Ludford has been pressing European drug companies not to supply executioners in the United States with sedatives.[5]

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Baroness Ludford is married to Steve Hitchins, Leader of Islington Borough Council (2000–06).[6][7]


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today Archived 27 May 2014 at
  2. ^ "No. 54913". The London Gazette. 7 October 1997. p. 11279.
  3. ^ European Elections at London Evening Standard.
  4. ^ "Sarah Ludford: my first party conference memories".
  5. ^ Steven Erlanger (April 30, 2014), Outrage Across Ideological Spectrum in Europe Over Flawed Lethal Injection in U.S. New York Times.
  6. ^ Archived 1 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Jon Swaine and Bruno Waterfield (16 October 2009). "British MEPs exploit loophole to pay relatives to work for them" – via

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