Jeremy Purvis was appointed a Liberal Democrat working peer in August 2013, taking the title Lord Purvis of Tweed. He was born at the mouth of the river in Berwick-upon-Tweed and represented its source as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale (2003-2011). When elected he was the youngest constituency MSP and he is one of the youngest ever Life Peers.
In Parliament he successfully steered through the House of Lords the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015, establishing in law the UK’s annual commitment to reach the 0.7% of GNP for overseas development assistance. In the 2015-16 session he introduced a Constitutional Convention Bill to establish a British citizen led constitutional convention to renew British democracy.
Jeremy is a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK) and the British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union. He is co-chair and office holder of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups on constitutional reform, the Global Goals, the British Council, human rights, democratic participation and supporting Scottish industries such as textiles and whisky. In 2016 Jeremy was appointed a member of the Independent Commission on Parliamentary Reform by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. In 2018 Jeremy co-chaired an inquiry into lifting people in the Commonwealth out of poverty and is a member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit. Jeremy travels extensively to the Middle East and post conflict countries to support restoring governance and representative politics. He chairs the UK board of the peace-building charity, Search for Common Ground.