The Full Wiki

Dick Taverne: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

(Redirected to Dick Taverne, Baron Taverne article)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lord Taverne

Dick Taverne, Baron Taverne, QC, (born 18 October 1928) is an English politician, who is one of the small number of members of the British House of Commons elected since the Second World War who was not the candidate of a major political party. In the 1970s, as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP), he was dissatisfied with the party's political direction, so he left Labour and resigned his seat, forcing a by-election which he won.

Taverne's 1973 victory in Lincoln was short-lived; Labour regained the seat at the October 1974 general election. However, his success opened the possibility of a realignment on the left of British politics, which took shape in 1981 as the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Taverne joined, joining the Liberal Democrats when the party merged with the Liberal Party.

Contents

Career

Educated at Charterhouse School, and then Balliol College, Oxford he graduated in Philosophy and Ancient History, qualified as a barrister in 1954 and became a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1965.

He was elected Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln at a by-election in March 1962. Under Harold Wilson's premiership in the 1960s, he served as a Home Office Minister from 1966 to 1968, and then as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1969 to 1970.

In 1972 he was asked to stand down by the Lincoln Constituency Labour Party, who disagreed with his pro-European Economic Community views. Instead he resigned from the Labour Party and from Parliament, and formed the Lincoln Democratic Labour Association. After the seat had lain vacant for over a year, he was re-elected as an Independent Democratic Labour candidate at a by-election in March 1973.

Taverne lost his seat in parliament at the October 1974 general election, but he continued to remain active with the Democratic Labour Association until it folded after the 1979 general election.

He was a leading social democratic thinker, publishing The Future of the Left: Lincoln and After in 1974. In 1979, he launched the Institute for Fiscal Studies, now an influential independent think tank and was the first Director, later Chairman.

When the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formed in the early 1980s, he joined them, serving on their national committee from 1981 until 1987. In the 1983 general election, he stood as SDP / Alliance candidate in Dulwich, but came 3rd with 22% of the votes. He was also twice a parliamentary candidate for the SDP. When the SDP merged with the Liberal Party he joined the new Liberal Democrats, serving on its Federal Policy Committee from 1989 until 1990.

In 1996 he was created a life peer as Baron Taverne, of Pimlico in the City of Westminster and sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat.

Married to a scientist, he became interested in science and public policy, and in 2002 founded Sense About Science, a charity with the objective of advancing public understanding of science and the evidence-based approach to scientific issues.

He was elected President of the Research Defence Society in 2004. He was a member of the House of Lords Committee on the Use of Animals in Scientific Procedures and is currently a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

He is the author of The March of Unreason, published by Oxford University Press in March 2005.

He is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. He won the Science Writers' Award as Parliamentary Science Communicator of the Year 2005.

He is a listed member of Republic, the British campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy.

Books

  • The Future of the Left: Lincoln and After (1974), ISBN 0-224-00950-8
  • The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism (2005), ISBN 0-19-280485-5

See also

External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey de Freitas
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
1962Oct 1974
Succeeded by
Margaret Jackson
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold Lever
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Patrick Jenkin

Dick Taverne, Baron Taverne, QC, (born 18 October 1928) is an English politician, who is one of the small number of members of the British House of Commons elected since the Second World War who was not the candidate of a major political party. In the 1970s, as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP), he was dissatisfied with the party's political direction, so he left Labour and resigned his seat, forcing a by-election which he won.

Taverne's 1973 victory in Lincoln was short-lived; Labour regained the seat at the October 1974 general election. However, his success opened the possibility of a realignment on the left of British politics, which took shape in 1981 as the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Taverne joined, joining the Liberal Democrats when the party merged with the Liberal Party.

Contents

Career

Educated at Charterhouse School, and then Balliol College, Oxford he graduated in Philosophy and Ancient History, qualified as a barrister in 1954 and became a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1965.

He was elected Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln at a by-election in March 1962. Under Harold Wilson's premiership in the 1960s, he served as a Home Office Minister from 1966 to 1968, and then as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1969 to 1970.

In 1972 he was asked to stand down by the Lincoln Constituency Labour Party, who disagreed with his pro-European Economic Community views. Instead he resigned from the Labour Party and from Parliament, and formed the Lincoln Democratic Labour Association. After the seat had lain vacant for over a year, he was re-elected as an Independent Democratic Labour candidate at a by-election in March 1973.

Taverne lost his seat in parliament at the October 1974 general election, but he continued to remain active with the Democratic Labour Association until it folded after the 1979 general election.

He was a leading social democratic thinker, publishing The Future of the Left: Lincoln and After in 1974. In 1979, he launched the Institute for Fiscal Studies, now an influential independent think tank and was the first Director, later Chairman.

When the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formed in the early 1980s, he joined them, serving on their national committee from 1981 until 1987. In the 1983 general election, he stood as SDP / Alliance candidate in Dulwich, but came 3rd with 22% of the votes. He was also twice a parliamentary candidate for the SDP. When the SDP merged with the Liberal Party he joined the new Liberal Democrats, serving on its Federal Policy Committee from 1989 until 1990.

In 1996 he was created a life peer as Baron Taverne, of Pimlico in the City of Westminster and sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat.

Married to a scientist, he became interested in science and public policy, and in 2002 founded Sense About Science, a charity with the objective of advancing public understanding of science and the evidence-based approach to scientific issues.

He was elected President of the Research Defence Society in 2004. He was a member of the House of Lords Committee on the Use of Animals in Scientific Procedures and is currently a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

He is the author of The March of Unreason, published by Oxford University Press in March 2005.

He is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, as well as a vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[1] He won the Science Writers' Award as Parliamentary Science Communicator of the Year 2005.

He is a listed member of Republic, the campaign for abolishing the monarchy.

On 15 September 2010, Taverne, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the UK.[2]

Books

See also

References

  1. ^ "All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group". British Humanist Association. http://www.humanism.org.uk/about/apphg. Retrieved 3rd August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Letters: Harsh judgments on the pope and religion". The Guardian (London). 15 September 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/15/harsh-judgments-on-pope-religion. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 

External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey de Freitas
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
1962Oct 1974
Succeeded by
Margaret Jackson
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold Lever
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Patrick Jenkin








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message