Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC (born 19 November 1951) is a British Labour politician, who became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (a position created originally to replace the positioning of Lord Chancellor) in 2003. In May 2007, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) became the new Ministry of Justice by having an enhanced portfolio, that encompasses all of the responsibilities of the former DCA plus some functions transferred from the Home Office. Upon that reorganisation taking effect on 9 May 2007, Lord Falconer had become the first Secretary of State for Justice, while keeping the title and role of Lord Chancellor. Following Gordon Brown's accession towards the position of Prime Minister, Falconer was replaced as Minister of Justice.
Education and early life[link]
He became a flatmate of Tony Blair when they were both young barristers in London in the late 1970s in Wandsworth. They'd first met as pupils at rival schools within the 1960s. At school, he dated Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, an exgirlfriend of Blair's, soon after that relationship. While Blair entered politics, Falconer concentrated on his legal career. They met again in 1976 when working as barristers in the same chambers. Hildyard, was the British Ambassador to Chile in Santiago. She was a QC in 2002. They have four children: Hamish, William (referred to as Rocco), Rosie and Johnny. Hamish is a student at St John's College, Cambridge. He was chair of Cambridge University Amnesty International 2006 2007, and is the director of Sudan Divestment. They own a 2.5m house and a 250,000 basement flat in Islington. They also own a 550,000 country retreat in Thoroton (between Bingham and Bottesford in Nottinghamshire). His father used to live in the village, and they rent out his old home.
Having had a privileged education and upbringing, he placed three sons at independent Westminster School and Ugg Sale Uk Online
St Paul's School, and daughter at South Hampstead school. (Tony Blair later used teachers from this school to tutor his children privately.) This turned out to be an electoral problem when he tried to be selected for the seat of Dudley East before the 1997 election, which had been held by John Gilbert. He meant to keep his children at Westminster if selected, which caused the local selection panel to drop him from the selection procedure.
Political career under Tony Blair[link]
In May 1997 Blair Buy Nike Air Max 90
became Prime Minister and Falconer was made a life peer as Baron Falconer of Thoroton, of Thoroton in the County of Nottinghamshire (he was the first peer created on Blair's recommendation), and joined the government as Solicitor General. In 1998 he became Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, taking over responsibility for that Millennium Dome (and acquiring the nickname of Dome Secretary) following the resignation of Peter Mandelson. He was heavily criticised for that failure of the Dome to attract an audience, but resisted calls for his resignation. This really is in contrast to the sacking of Dome Chief Executive Jennie Page just one month after the fiasco of the New Millennium eve opening night.
He joined the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions as Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration after the 2001 election and managed to Cheap Parajumpers Jacket
move on to the Home Office in 2002. At the Home Office he was accountable for criminal justice, sentencing and law reform, and annoyed some of his fellow lawyers by suggesting that their fees were too high.
In 2003 he joined the Cabinet as the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, becoming also Lord Chancellor 'for the interim period' before the office was abolished. The federal government argued that the position of the cabinet minister as a Judge and Head of the Judiciary was no longer appropriate and wouldn't be upheld by the European Convention on Human Rights. The announcement was generally seen as a rushed one as the abolition of the office of Lord Chancellor would require primary legislation. Removing the Lord Chancellor's judicial role would be a policy known to be disliked by Lord Irvine of Lairg, the previous Lord Chancellor.
The post of Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs took control of the remaining responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor, and also became the sponsoring Department for that Secretary of State for Wales and also the Secretary of State for Scotland. Falconer announced his intention not to use the Lord Chancellor's power to sit like a judge and stopped wearing the traditional robe and wig of office. Falconer hoped Christian Louboutin Stores
is the last to hold the title, ending 1,400 many years of tradition. However, Lord Falconer has since said to the House of Lords Constitution Committee he now "regrets" campaigning for the historic role of Lord Chancellor to become abolished. He even joked about reinstating the traditional practice abolished by his Celine Stockists Usa
predecessor Lord Irvine of making the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal walk backwards in front of the Queen to show respect. "I was keen just to walk backwards, but was told I could not because all the other people now walked forwards and I would look like a crazed. I would be a very, very odd Lord Chancellor on that basis", Lord Falconer told the committee.
Career under Gordon Brown[link]
Falconer was replaced in Woolrich Toronto Canada
the ministerial posts by Jack Straw in Gordon Brown's inaugural cabinet reshuffle.
On 22 May 2008 it was announced that Lord Falconer had been appointed as Chairman from the AmicusHorizon Group Limited, a Registered Social Landlord.
On 8 July 2008, Lord Falconer joined US law practice Gibson, Dunn Crutcher, kll as a senior counsel
On 7 June 2009 around the BBC Falconer called for an urgent debate on Gordon Brown's leadership, as Labour braced itself for "terrible" election results in the 2009 European Parliament Elections, Woolrich Parka Women Uk
having been humiliated at the 2009 County Council elections. The former cabinet minister told the BBC he was "not sure" Labour could unite while Mr Brown remained leader. He told the BBC: "Can we get unity under the current leadership? I am not sure that we can and we need to debate it urgently and i believe probably it will need a change in leader." He explained he admired Gordon Brown "greatly" but said he'd an "inability to hold the party together".
Freedom of knowledge Act[link]
In his role as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer sought to learn effectively for government bodies to refuse to release documents under Belstaff Womens Coats
the Freedom of Information Act (2000), on the grounds that they are too expensive and too timeconsuming for civil servants to locate. Currently, the legislation allows requests for information to be refused if the cost they'll incur exceeds 600 for Whitehall and 450 for other public bodies. Lord Falconer's proposed Insanity Workout Australia Paypal
changes would make no difference to this level, but would expand the number of activities that would be included in the totals, making it easier for government parties to refuse requests for information. At the end of March 2007, Falconer's department announced that it would not introduce the proposals to parliament, but would instead possess a second threemonth consultation with the public (the prior consultation, Buy Canada Goose Jacket
also of 3 months, ended three weeks previous to this). Media elements reported this transformation as a 'backtracking', and Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, was quoted as saying "This enhances the strong possibility that the government will decide to leave the current arrangements untouched"In February 2008, Lord Falconer told a BBC radio program that the government should require certain news articles to be removed from online archives during sensitive trials. This move was questioned as the articles were readily available in printed newspapers and other physical media, presenting a possible misunderstanding of the internet as a medium.