Malcolm Thornton

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Sir Malcolm Thornton
4th Pro-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
Assumed office
Preceded by Cdre. Rod Walker DL
Member of Parliament for
In office
Preceded by Shirley Williams
Succeeded by Claire Curtis-Thomas
Member of Parliament for
Liverpool Garston
In office
Preceded by Eddie Loyden
Succeeded by Eddie Loyden
Personal details
Born (1939-03-04) 4 March 1939 (age 75)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Rosemary, Lady Thornton

Sir George Malcolm Thornton, FRSA (born 3 April 1939), known as Malcolm Thornton, is a British Conservative politician.


He was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and later attended Liverpool Nautical College.[1]

Political career[edit]

Thornton was first elected to Parliament in the 1979 general election, winning the marginal seat of Liverpool Garston from Labour's Eddie Loyden. In the early 1980s, however, all seats were re-organised with the new boundaries set to come in at the next election. Liverpool Garston would lean strongly towards Labour, so Thornton sought a safer seat in Crosby, just outside Liverpool. However, following the death of Sir Graham Page in 1981, Shirley Williams, a former Labour Cabinet minister who had founded the centrist SDP a few months earlier, won the seat. That by-election had been held at the zenith of Margaret Thatcher's unpopularity; however, after that the economy returned to growth and Britain won the Falklands War, so Thatcher called an election in 1983 which was a Tory landslide. Thornton regained the seat, while Eddie Loyden won a redrawn Garston for Labour. However, by 1997, the Conservatives were deeply unpopular and Thornton lost, by a surprisingly wide margin to Labour's Claire Curtis-Tansley.

In 2007, Sir Malcolm Thornton became the 4th and current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors for Liverpool John Moores University.[2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Eddie Loyden
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Garston
Succeeded by
Eddie Loyden
Preceded by
Shirley Williams
Member of Parliament for Crosby
Succeeded by
Claire Curtis-Thomas
Academic offices
Preceded by
Cdre. Rod Walker
Pro-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
Succeeded by