Lib Dems mourn a great char­ac­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

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.

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