Richard Allan, Baron Allan of Hallam

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The Lord Allan of Hallam
Members of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 July 2010
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Hallam
In office
2 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byIrvine Patnick
Succeeded byNick Clegg
Personal details
Born (1966-02-11) 11 February 1966 (age 52)
Sheffield
NationalityBritish
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Spouse(s)Louise Netley
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Bristol Polytechnic

Richard Beecroft Allan, Baron Allan of Hallam (born 11 February 1966) is a British politician and life peer. He was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam from the general election of Thursday 1 May 1997 until the dissolution of Parliament on 11 April 2005.

He was made a life peer in the 2010 Dissolution Honours.[1]

Early life[edit]

Allan was born in Sheffield. He went to the independent Oundle School in north-east Northamptonshire. He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and gained a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology in 1988. From Bristol Polytechnic, he gained an MSc in Information Technology in 1990. He was a field archaeologist in Britain, France and the Netherlands in 1984-85, and in Ecuador in 1988-89. He was a computer manager at Avon FHSA in 1991-97.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 1997, Allan unseated Irvine Patnick of the Conservative Party achieving a majority of 8,221 with a swing of 15.3%.[citation needed] He was only the second non-Conservative to win Sheffield Hallam,[citation needed] and the first since 1918.[citation needed] In 2001, he was re-elected with an increased majority of 9,347.[citation needed] During his tenure, Allan held various committee seats, including the Chair of the House of Commons Information Select Committee and a seat on the House of Commons Liaison Select Committee.[citation needed] Richard Allan was the founding chairman of the Parthenon 2004 campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.[citation needed]

Allan did not seek reelection at the 2005 general election. He was succeeded by future Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, for whom he acted as campaign manager.[citation needed]

On 22 July 2010, he was created a life peer as Baron Allan of Hallam, of Ecclesall, Sheffield, in the County of South Yorkshire,[2] and was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 July 2010,[3] where he sits as a Liberal Democrat peer.[citation needed]

Post political career[edit]

Since June 2009 Allan has been employed by Facebook as Director of Policy in Europe, responsible for representing the company and lobbying EU governments on matters of concern to it.[4] He was previously Head of Government Affairs for Cisco Systems UK. Allan has given various interviews responding to media concerns about Facebook,[5][6][7] and in January 2012 he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Facebook's attitude to malicious posting and to privacy.[8]

He is also a visiting fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute[citation needed] and deputy chairman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Allan married Louise Netley on 25 May 1991 in Bath, Somerset. They have since separated and Allan has twin daughters with his current partner.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lords Hansard text for 26 Jul 201026 July 2010 (pt 0001)
  2. ^ "No. 59500". The London Gazette. 27 July 2010. p. 14309.
  3. ^ Minute of Proceedings UK Parliament, 26 July 2010
  4. ^ Bobbie Johnson, Facebook hires lobbyists to push privacy agenda, The Guardian, 26 June 2009
  5. ^ Facebook Privacy Interview with Facebook’s Richard Allan Archived 7 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., 27 May 2010
  6. ^ Facebook's Richard Allan: 'The internet is part of our everyday lives' - video, The Guardian, 22 August 2011
  7. ^ "Hunting the cyber bullies", BBC Panorama, 6 February 2012
  8. ^ Leveson Inquiry: Facebook 'protected by own users', BBC News, 26 January 2012
  9. ^ "The Patter of (Four) Tiny Feet – More Political Times". RichardAllan.org.uk. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2008.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Irvine Patnick
Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam
1997–2005
Succeeded by
Nick Clegg