Rupert Mitford, 6th Baron Redesdale
The Lord Redesdale
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
18 April 2000
4 March 1991 – 11 November 1999
|Preceded by||The 5th Baron Redesdale|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
|Born||18 July 1967|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||Helen née Shipsey,|
|Children||Two sons, two daughters|
|Alma mater||Newcastle University|
Following the removal of hereditary peers' automatic right to a seat in Parliament by the House of Lords Act 1999, the Liberal Democrats took advantage of an offer from the New Labour Government for some of their hereditary peers to return to the House as working peers. Redesdale was created a life peer on 18 April 2000, as Baron Mitford, of Redesdale in the county of Northumberland. At the age of 32, he was the youngest person ever to receive a life peerage. By convention, the House of Lords refer to peers holding multiple titles by whichever is senior within the peerage. Thus Mitford is known in the House as 'Lord Redesdale'.
He is a first cousin once removed of the famous Mitford sisters, daughters of the 2nd Baron Redesdale. One of the sisters Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, was, with her husband, the 11th Duke, active in the Social Democratic Party. This later merged with the Liberal Party to become the Liberal Democrats, for whom Redesdale sits in the House of Lords.
Redesdale has spoken on various issues on behalf of the Lib Dem Parliamentary Party, such as the environment, international development, science and technology. He is patron of various societies, including one encouraged by his parliamentary colleagues, namely the Red Squirrel Protection Partnership, which advocates strict control of the grey squirrel population so as to enhance the chance of red squirrels' survival. Redesdale is currently the CEO of the Carbon Management Association and the Energy Managers Association. Since 2012, Redesdale has been founding Chairman of the Carbon Management Association and of the Energy Managers Association.
In 2014, he, along with Jason Franks (formerly of Daily Mail and General Trust events division), founded Heelec, which launched the Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX). The show attracts over 4500 professionals from the Energy Managers Association's 25,000 community.
In 2016 the association with Heelec launched the EMA magazine, serving its members and community on a bi-monthly basis.
In 2018, along with some industry experts and corporations launched the Decentralised Energy Trade Association (DETA).
Lord Redesdale is a popular figure on social media sites, like LinkedIn where he has a following of over 22,000 like-minded industry professionals.
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- Francis, Sam (20 November 2014). "Young, ambitious - and at a hustings near you". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- "Red Squirrel Protection Partnership - Officers". Companies House. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- Adams, Tim (19 October 2008). "Tim Adams meets a pair of militants out to defend the red squirrel". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- D. T. Max (7 October 2007). "The Squirrel Wars". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
- Hansard entry
- Debrett's People of Today
- The Energy Managers Association
- The Energy Management Exhibition
- Lord Redesdale on LinkedIn
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Redesdale
Hon. Bertram Mitford