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Former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby takes seat in House of Lords

He dressed in the traditional ermine robes for the short ceremony of introduction, which involves swearing allegiance to the Queen

Mike Whitby, introduced into the House of Lords as Lord Whitby of Harborne in the City of Birmingham. Lord Whitby was supported by Lord Baker of Dorking and Lord Edmiston. Queen's Robing Room, House of Lord, London. Lords joined by Thomas Woodcock, The Garter King of England, and Lieutenant-General David Leakey The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Former leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby has taken his seat in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer.

Lord Whitby was part of a list of 30 new members of the Upper House announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in August.

The 65-year-old was leader of Birmingham City Council from 2004 to 2012.

He dressed in the traditional ermine robes for the short ceremony of introduction, which involves swearing allegiance to the Queen.

During the ceremony he was flanked by his supporters, fellow Tories Lord Baker of Dorking, the former education secretary, and Lord Edmiston.

 
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