Baroness Thomas of Winchester was made a Life Peer in 2006 and is vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy.
Baroness Thomas has limb girdle muscular dystrophy and is a trustee of the Muscular Dystrophy UK charity. She has been a driving force behind tackling the impact of welfare reforms on disabled people. She worked in the House of Commons for Liberal Party Leader Jeremy Thorpe from 1975-76, and from 1977 to 2005 she was head of the Liberal (later Liberal Democrats) Whips’ Office in the House of Lords and is a recognised expert on Lords’ procedure. For three years she was a member of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee and Liaison Committee. She is now
Chairman of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, and a member of the Procedure Committee. She retains an interest in her former work as a spokesperson for work and pensions, having helped gain concessions in the most recent Welfare Reform Act. Most recently Baroness Thomas has been focusing on the difficulties facing disabled people in accessing Personal Independence Payments and challenging the Government to change the mobility criteria for assessing claimants. In 2015, she was made the Liberal Democrats’ Disability Spokesperson.