THE Former Leader of Somerset County Council, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, has made her maiden speech in the House of Lords.

Cathy Bakewell, who is a South Somerset District Councillor for the Coker Ward, was introduced as a Baroness in Parliament's upper house on Tuesday, October 15.

In her maiden speech, Baroness Bakewell joined a debate discussing the availability of affordable housing in the United Kingdom and the impact of the under-occupancy charge.