Role British Politician
Name Trevor Smith,
Party Liberal Democrats
|Full Name Trevor Arthur Smith|
Born 14 June 1937 (age 78) (1937-06-14)
Political party Liberal Democrats
Trevor Arthur Smith, Baron Smith of Clifton (born 14 June 1937) is a British politician and academic who is currently the Liberal Democrat spokesman in the House of Lords 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, receiving the accolade from The Queen on 3 December 1996. He was created a life peer as Baron Smith of Clifton, of Mount Sandel in the County of Londonderry, on 4 November 1997.