Robin Teverson, Baron Teverson

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Robin Teverson
Robin Teverson at Bournemouth 2009.jpg
Personal details
Born (1952-03-31) 31 March 1952 (age 63)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Terrye Jones
Alma mater Exeter University
Website www.libdems.org.uk

Robin Teverson, Baron Teverson (born 31 March 1952) is a Liberal Democrat politician, currently serving as LibDem Spokesman for Energy and Climate Change in the House of Lords.

Personal life[edit]

Teverson is the son of Crofton Teverson. He was educated at Exeter University. Teverson was married to Rosemary Anne Young from 1975 to 2005 and they had two daughters, Jessica and Beth. Teverson married Terrye Lynn Jones in 2006. Terrye Jones has stood in parliamentary elections for the Liberal Democrats both before and after marrying Teverson.

Career[edit]

At the 1994 European Parliament election, Teverson was elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Cornwall and West Plymouth, becoming one of the first two Liberal Democrats ever elected to the European Parliament along with Graham Watson in Somerset and North Devon. He was Chief Whip of the European Liberal Democrats from 1997 and 1999. In 1999, he was Chairman of Finance South West Ltd.[1]

At the 1999 European Parliament election, the UK switched from electing MEPs in first past the post constituencies to a form of region-based proportional representation. Each party put forward a list of candidates, and the higher its vote share, the more seats it would be awarded. Watson and Teverson were both MEPs in the South West region, and the Liberal Democrats placed Watson in first position on its list and Teverson in second position. At the election, the Liberal Democrats polled 16.5% of the vote in the South West, entitling them to just one of the region's seven seats. Thus Watson was elected, but Teverson lost his seat.[2]

On 1 June 2006, he was created a life peer as Baron Teverson, of Tregony in the County of Cornwall.[3]

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