Baroness Meacher became a member of the House of Lords in 2009 and sits as a Crossbencher. In the Lords, Molly speaks primarily on health, welfare and drug policy. She also played an important role in generating support for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. She is perhaps best known for her role in leading the House of Lords to reject changes to tax credits in 2015. For her work on this, she was named ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Oldie and shared the Spectator’s prestigious ‘Peer of the Year’ award with fellow campaigner Baroness Hollis of Heigham.
Prior to entering the Lords, Molly worked in the social services and mental health fields over many years and Chaired the East London NHS Foundation Trust for nine years. She was Deputy and Acting Chair of the Police Complaints Authority and also Chaired the Security Industry Authority. She was Advisor to the Russian Government on employment policy in the 1990s.