David Patrick Paul Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool (born 15 March 1951) is a cross bench member of the House of Lords. He was made a Life Peer in 1997.

Political careerEdit

From 1979 to 1988 he was a Liberal MP, and served at various times as spokesman on the Environment, Home Affairs, Northern Ireland and as Chief Whip. In 1987 he resigned as chief whip to campaign for his unsuccessful private members' bill which aimed to stop late abortions.

From 1988 to 1997 he served as a Liberal Democrat MP, but had difficult relations with parts of the party, especially over attempts to make the party adopt a pro-choice position on abortion.

He is known for his strongly Pro-Life position on abortion, which went against the pro-choice politics of some in his party. In 1992, he announced that he would not stand again as a Liberal Democrat after the Party made support for abortion a party policy for the first time. Earlier in the day, at the same Conference, they had passed an animal welfare motion which included protection for goldfish on sale in amusement arcades and funfairs.

He stood down as an MP at the 1997 General Election. He was given a peerage as a personal choice of John Major in the Dissolution Honours of the 1997 General Election and took that seat as a Cross-bencher.

In 1997, Lord Alton of Liverpool was appointed Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University and founds the Foundation for Citizenship there. He Chairs the Roscoe Lectures which has been addressed by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, amongst others.

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