Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton

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The Lord Smith of Clifton
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Trevor Arthur Smith

(1937-06-14) 14 June 1937 (age 82)
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton (born 14 June 1937) is a British politician, academic and former member of the House of Lords. He was the Liberal Democrat spokesman in the House on Northern Ireland and constitutional affairs. He has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats and its predecessor, the Liberal Party, since 1956. A former Chairman of the Union of Liberal Students, he contested the 1959 General Election in West Lewisham, being the youngest candidate of any party that year.

He was a board member of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd since 1975 and its chair from 1987-1999; he retired in 2007. He is a Professor of Political Economy and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster between 1991 and 1999. He also served as chair and president of the Political Studies Association.

He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1996 Birthday Honours for services to higher education,[1] receiving the accolade from The Queen on 3 December 1996.[2] He was created a life peer as Baron Smith of Clifton,[3] of Mount Sandel in the County of Londonderry, on 4 November 1997.[4] He received the Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Alabama at Birmingham on 6 December 1998.[5]

He retired from the House of Lords on 31 January 2019.[6]


  1. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1996. p. 2.
  2. ^ "No. 54663". The London Gazette. 28 January 1997. p. 1095.
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  4. ^ "No. 54942". The London Gazette. 10 November 1997. p. 12601.
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  6. ^ {{url= Smith of Clifton|publisher=UK Parliament

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