Sir Alan Beith: 40 years as Berwick MP

Sir Alan Beith celebrates 40 years as the Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick

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Alan Beith MP: A look back at his career

This week marks the 40th year that Sir Alan Beith has serves the Berwick Upon Tweed constituency.

We've had a look back at some of the key moments of his career.

  • 1970 Stood in the general election, coming third behind Antony Lambton, Conservative, and Robert Wareing, Labour
  • 1973 Won by-election after Lambton stands down with a majority of 53 votes
  • 1974 Held seat after general election
  • 1974 - 1979 Became Northern Ireland spokesman for the Liberal Party, taking the role again in 1982
  • 1976 - 1985 Became Liberal Party Chief Whip
  • 1985 - 1987 Became Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the Liberal Party
  • 1985 - 1988 Became the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
  • 1988 Stood against Paddy Ashdown for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats
  • 1992 - 2003 Became Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • 1994 - 1999 Became Home Affairs Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats
  • 2008 Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

MP honoured after 40 years of service

Sir Alan Beith has served Berwick for 40 years Credit: PA

Sir Alan Beith is this week celebrating 40 years as a Liberal MP.

He took the Berwick Upon Tweed seat in 1973 after Antony Lambton stood down.

He has since become Berwick's longest-serving MP and the longest-serving Liberal MP since Lloyd George.


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