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Sarah Ludford, Baroness Ludford

The Baroness Ludford
Member of the European Parliament
for London
In office
10 June 1999 – 22 May 2014
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Seb Dance
Islington Borough Councillor
for Clerkenwell Ward
In office
7 November 1991 – 10 June 1999
Preceded by Paul Matthews
Succeeded by Isabelle Humphreys
Personal details
Born (1951-03-14) 14 March 1951
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Steve Hitchins
Residence London
Alma mater LSE
Baroness' coronet

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 LibDem Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for London from 1999 until 2014.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Political positions 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

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

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

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]

Personal life

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


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54913. p. 11279. 7 October 1997.
  3. ^ European Elections at London Evening Standard.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Steven Erlanger (April 30, 2014), Outrage Across Ideological Spectrum in Europe Over Flawed Lethal Injection in U.S. New York Times.
  6. ^
  7. ^

External links

  • Sarah Ludford MEP official site
  • Sarah Ludford profile at the European Parliament
  • [2] profile at the site of the Liberal Democrats
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