John Sharkey, Baron Sharkey

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The Lord Sharkey
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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
20 December 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born24 September 1947
Political partyLiberal Democrats

John Kevin Sharkey, Baron Sharkey (born 24 September 1947) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was chairman of the Liberal Democrat General Election campaign during the 2010 United Kingdom general election and director of the YES! To Fairer Votes campaign during the 2011 United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum.[1] He had previously been appointed as Nick Clegg's advisor on strategic communications in January 2008.[2]

He is also a former joint managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi UK, founder and director of Sharkey Associates Ltd. and a trustee and honorary treasurer of the Hansard Society.[3] He was created a Life Peer as Baron Sharkey, of Niton Undercliff in the County of the Isle of Wight on 20 December 2010.[4]

Parliament activity[edit]

Lord Sharkey put forward the so-called Alan Turing law, by which men who had been convicted under legislation that outlawed homosexual acts would be pardoned.[5]


  1. ^ "John Sharkey". Liberal Democrats. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Clegg hires Thatcher campaign man". BBC. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Lord Sharkey". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ "No. 59642". The London Gazette. 23 December 2010. p. 24598.
  5. ^ Chan, Sewell (20 October 2016). "Thousands of Men to Be Pardoned for Gay Sex, Once a Crime in Britain". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Sharkey
Followed by
The Lord Ribeiro