Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Baron Greaves 1942-2021

 _. The Baron Greaves, life peer, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, died 23 March, 2021. He was 77.

Anthony Robert Greaves was born 27 July, 1942, at Bradford West Yorkshire, son of Geoffrey Greaves and his wife the former Moyra Brookes.

He married in 1968, Heather Anne Baxter, by whom he had two daughters.

Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield; Hertford College, Oxford.

Career: was a teacher and lecturer 1968-74; Organising Secretary, Association of Liberal Councillors, 1977-85; Managing Director, Hebden Royd Publications Ltd [Liberal Dem publications] 1985-90; second hand book dealer, Liber Books, 1992; Liberal Member of Colne Borough Council 1971-74; [Liberal then Lib Dem] member of Pendle Borough Council 1973-92 and 1994-98; Lancashire County Council, 1973-97. Created a life peer in 2000, as Baron Greaves, of Pendle in the County of Lancashire.

He was an advocate of social liberalism, and went on record opposing some of the reforms to his party brought about by Sir Menzies Campbell and Nick Clegg. In 2010 Greaves went on record to express his personal frustration at the auction of a manorial title, the Lordship of Pendle, suspiciously close to his own. Greaves' concerns were later shown to be legitimate when it transpired that the Lordship of the Forest of Pendle belongs to the Barons Clitheroe and forms part of the Honor of Clitheroe holdings they have held since World War II. Its sale was invalid and had not been authorised by its owners.


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