Lord Kennedy joined the House of Lords in June 2010 before taking his first Parliamentary post in October 2011 as opposition whip in the upper house. He has been shadow spokesperson in areas including home affairs, housing and communities and local government.
Steve Baker chair of National Pubwatch commented: “I am delighted that Roy has agreed to take on this role.
“His enormous political experience will be an invaluable support to the National Pubwatch Committee in promoting awareness of the positive impact of the many hundreds of Pubwatch schemes that have been established across the UK”
Lord Kennedy commented: “For over 20 years, Pubwatch has been making an enormous contribution to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy.
“I am honoured to have been asked to become its president and will use every opportunity to highlight in Parliament the vital role of Pubwatch in ensuring the safety of everyone who works and socialises in our town centres”.
Established in 1997, National Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation established to promote best practice by supporting the work of local Pubwatch schemes. Its aim is to create a safer drinking environment in all of the UK’s licensed premises.