Arise, Lord Scriven...

Former Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven
Former Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven

Former city council leader Paul Scriven is looking forward to the next phase of his political life - after being appointed to the House of Lords.

Mr Scriven said he was surprised and honoured to be asked to join the Lords as a Lib Dem peer, and admitted the move would see him ‘becoming part of the establishment’.

But he added: “I see it as giving me the chance to fight for the things I believe in.

“I will be championing the fairness agenda - as there can’t be too many people in the Lords who are the son of a dustbin man.”

Mr Scriven, 48, is expected to take up his seat in the autumn.

After leading Sheffield City Council for three years from 2008 until 2011, he lost his seat in Broomhill the following year.

In the 2010 General Election he stood for parliament in the Sheffield Central constituency and was narrowly defeated by Paul Blomfield by just 165 votes.

Mr Scriven, who lives in Hunters Bar, said being a peer would ‘bring responsibilities with it’, and that he would be in the Lords on a weekly basis while still running his own businesses.

“I will be a working lord and I intend to use the role as a national platform to stand up for Sheffield and the north,” he said.

He also intends to fight the continued persecution of gay and lesbian people in countries around the world, as well as backing calls for further reforms in the Lords, including a wholly elected second chamber.

Mr Scriven said he had not yet chosen his official title but said it would have a Sheffield connection.

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “Paul has a wealth of experience and expertise in local government, public services and business. He is also someone who loves Sheffield and will be another effective voice in our corner down in Westminster. I know he will do a great job and I’m looking forward to working with him.”