Lord Blencathra is a member of the House of Lords where he chairs a Select Committee and has been appointed to the Council of Europe.
He was formerly Minister of State at the Home Office and a Minister at the Department of the Environment in the 1990s. At the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 he led for the UK and launched the Darwin Initiative. He formerly represented England’s largest rural constituency as the MP for Penrith and The Border. Lord Blencathra has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair.
Other positions held:
- honorary vice-president of Penrith Agricultural Society