Geoffrey Tordoff, Baron Tordoff

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Tordoff in the Lords chamber, 2012

Geoffrey Johnson Tordoff, Baron Tordoff (11 October 1928 – 22 June 2019) was a British businessman and politician.


The son of Stanley Acomb Tordoff, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and the University of Manchester. Tordoff worked for Shell from 1950 to 1983, first as marketing executive of Shell Chemicals, then as public affairs manager for Shell UK. Between 1986 and 1992 he was Honorary President of the British Youth Council. From 1990 to 1994 he was chair of the Middle East Committee of the Refugee Council. He was a member of the Press Complaints Commission between 1995 and 2002.

As a Liberal Party candidate, Tordoff contested Northwich in the 1964 general election and Knutsford in the 1966 general election and 1970 general election. On 11 May 1981 he was created a life peer as Baron Tordoff, of Knutsford in the County of Cheshire[1] and sat in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat until his retirement on 13 October 2016.[2]

He was elected President of the Liberal Party for 1984–1985. In 1953 he married Mary Patricia Swarbrick (died 11 April 2013).[3] They had three daughters and two sons. He died on 22 June 2019 at the age of 90.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 48611". The London Gazette. 14 May 1981. p. 6739.
  2. ^ Lord Tordoff – UK Parliament
  3. ^ Yorkshire Post, 20 April 2013
  4. ^ Retired members of the House of Lords
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish
Chairman of Committees, House of Lords
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
The Lord Brabazon of Tara
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Vaus
Chairman of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Roger Pincham
Preceded by
John Griffiths
President of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Alan Watson