Lib Dems mourn a great character
ASHFORD Liberal Democrats are mourning the death of politician and journalist Lord Thomson of Monifieth at the age of 87.
While living in Charing during the 1990s he served as their branch president and is remembered as a great character who always had time for people.
His varied career included editing the Dandy comic and being the chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority.
But his passion was politics, first Labour and later Lib Dem. For 20 years he was Labour MP for Dundee and served Harold Wilson’s government in various ministries.
He became well-known for handling foreign affairs, particularly sanctions against Ian Smith’s regime in Rhodesia. When he retired as an MP in 1972 he became one of the first British Commissioners of the European Community.
He then chaired the Independent Broadcasting Authority until 1988.
He was made Baron Thomson of Monifieth – his birthplace in Scotland – sitting in the House of Lords for the Liberal Party (later the Lib Dems) from 1981.