Status of Workers Bill – Second Reading

My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in this Second Reading. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hendy, on his Private Member’s Bill and the way in which he introduced it. It is high time that clarity was brought to this area, and the Bill brings that clarity. I shall focus on a …

Sports Participation in Schools – Question

My Lords, I add my congratulations to the athletes of Team GB and ParalympicsGB. Beyond sports participation, does my noble friend the Minister agree that the stories of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and their ability to act as role models, should, alongside the Olympic and Paralympic values, run through our education system like a golden …

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The broadcast story so far Great Britain’s Paralympians Gold, Silver and Bronze medal performances, their World, Paralympic, European and British records, all covered on the nation’s Paralympic broadcaster, Channel 4. I remember in 2009, when I was at London 2012, we had all the UK broadcasters keen to cover the Paralympic Games, coming with serious …

Paralympic Perspectives VI

Paralympic Classification Explained I very much enjoyed the boxing from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, some Great British performances.  Enjoying it though, at no point did I think it would be a good idea, more importantly, good sport for the heavy weights to pile in against the feathers.  This is classification. No more, no less. …

Paralympic Perspectives V

London 2012 It hardly seems possible, that golden summer of sport that brought us all together, some nine years past. Nine years past, yes, but the memories, the stories, the learnings are as rich and as vital today as any day. The Paralympics as much as any of this. What to say about a Games …

Paralympic Perspectives IV

Sydney 2000 There was a funny thing at the Sydney Paralympics. The 2, on all the merchandise, was written in a really sharp, funky some might say, way. A bit like the Zoro sign – for those of us who remember that Saturday morning TV highlight. In any event, this was the case on everything …

Paralympic Perspectives III

Barcelona 1992 Barcelona – “such a beautiful horizon”. Freddie and Montserrat were right, it is and it was. This Paralympic Games was special. A forgotten fishing port on the Med, transformed via Expo and Olympic Games into a world destination, riding high still some thirty years later. And what of the 1992 Paralympic Games?  Well, …

Paralympic Perspectives II

Seoul searching In sharing my Paralympic perspectives, and memories, my thoughts turn quickly to Seoul 1988. Seoul 1988 was the first time the Paralympics took place in the same city as the Olympics since Tokyo 1964.  In many ways it was also the first modern Paralympic Games and it was also the first Paralympic Games …

Paralympic Perspectives I

Golden Glory Golden glory for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, that is what Tokyo 2020 has hosted for our tremendous Olympic athletes and all those who have supported them on such a uniquely difficult journey. Kenny X 2 then add to make 12 golds in one household, totally tremendous.  Alongside, a velodrome hosting British medal …