Willy Bach is Labour’s principal frontbench spokesperson on Justice matters in the House of Lords. Willy joined the Lords as a life Peer in 1998.
Willy brings a great deal of experience as a former Government Minister and a barrister to his work in the Lords. He was made a Peer in 1998 and quickly rose to be a Government Whip before becoming a Minister for the then Lord Chancellor’s Department in 2000. Willy has also spent time as a Minister at the Ministry of Defence as the Minister for Defence Procurement and at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Willy is an experienced barrister and spent 25 years practising criminal law, including a period as the Head of his Chambers in Leicestershire. He remains active within his community, with an active interest in local politics, where he chairs his local Constituency Labour Party in South Leicestershire.
Willy joined the Labour Party at the age of 19 and had his first taste of a Labour victory when campaigning on his University vacation in Lewisham East (previously a Tory seat). His strong sense of social justice is no doubt influenced from his family – being a relation of the suffragette heroines (Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst) and spending part of his childhood overseas with his parents through their position at the British Council.
Willy is a passionate sportsman, supporting Leicester City Football Club, and can still be found dashing around a football pitch himself on occasion, as well as trying to make time to watch cricket.
For more information, read Willy Parliamentary biography - available here.