Thursday, October 14, 2004

McNally elected to succeed Williams as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
Lord Tom McNally of Blackpool has today been elected unopposed to succeed Baroness Shirley Williams as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

Tom McNally has been a member of the Lords since 1995. During that time he has served as Party spokesman on Trade, Broadcasting and Home Affairs. He has been Deputy Leader in the Lords since 2001.He has served on the Select Committees on Freedom of Information and on the Public Service, as well as the Puttnam Committee on the Communications Bill.

He left the Labour Party to join the SDP in 1981 and served on the Federal Executive of the Liberal Democrats from the formation of the Party in 1988 until 1998. He also served as Political adviser to the Rt.Hon Paddy Ashdown 1988-98.

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