The Baroness Suttie
|Member of the House of Lords|
17 September 2013
27 August 1968
Hawick, Roxburghshire Scotland
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
Alison Mary Suttie, Baroness Suttie (born 27 August 1968) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. She was appointed a life peer in the House of Lords in September 2013. A party whip, she is a member of the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs team. She is also a trustee on the board of IPPR.
From 2002 to 2004, she was the Press Secretary and Policy Advisor to the Irish politician and President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox MEP (ELDR Group), and worked in the Central-Eastern European countries in the run up to the 2004 enlargement of the European Union.
After the 2010 election produced a hung parliament, she was the Liberal Democrat negotiating team's coordinator in the coalition negotiations with both the Conservative and Labour parties which eventually led to the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.
She was Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser (Political Relations) to Nick Clegg, in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from May 2010 to October 2011. Suttie was initially special adviser to then-Scotland secretary Danny Alexander, but moved to serve Nick Clegg when then Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws resigned over his parliamentary expenses claims.
Since 2012 Suttie has worked as a self-employed political campaign training consultant (Suttie Consulting). She has worked in Tunisia and Moldova and runs training courses on campaigning and lobbying for civil servants, NGOs and charities.