Roy Kennedy was a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Southwark from 1983 and served a number of roles for the party in the midlands until being made a life peer in the Lords in 2010.

He has been an opposition whip and Front bench spokesperson in the Lords on Cabinet Office, Justice and Housing & Community matters since 2011 and has a strong interest in Credit Unions, speaking up in their support in the Lords and being the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Unions.

Among his other interests, Lord Kennedy is a trustee of the United St Saviour’s Charity, founded in 1540 and funding a broad range of community initiatives and providing sheltered housing for retirees in Southwark. He is also a trustee of the Ackroyd Community Centre, which hosts a variety of services for the local community across the same borough.