Lord Purvis gives maiden speech

Jeremy Purvis. Lib - Dem.

Jeremy Purvis. Lib - Dem.

A former Berwick man who recently became the second youngest peer in the House of Lords has made his maiden speech.

Jeremy Purvis, who was made Lord Purvis of Tweed earlier this year, addressed the house last Thursday during a debate on broadcast media.

He said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this important debate.”

He told the house that although the dedicated BBC office in Selkirk and the ITV franchise of Border Television may not have a national capacity, they did have a fiercely loyal audience.

“Those of us who have had the very good fortune to have been born on the border know that the border area is unique,” he said.

Following the speech, parents George and Eileen Purvis, from Mordington Avenue in Tweedmouth, said they were very proud of their son.

“It’s hard to believe he’s in the House of Lords now, he’s done really well,” they said.

Lord Purvis, 39, was born at Castle Hills Maternity Hospital in Berwick and attended Spittal First School, Tweedmouth Middle and Berwick High.

He studied politics and modern history at university in London. On graduating, Purvis worked full time for Sir David Steel in the House of Commons and then ran his office in the House of Lords.

He was elected to the Scottish Parliament as Lib Dem MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale in 2003 aged 29, making him the youngest constituency MSP at the time. He lost his seat in 2011 to the SNP’s Christine Grahame.

He was created a life peer on September 13 taking the title Baron Purvis of Tweed, of East March in the Scottish Borders.




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