Green Party peer Lord Beaumont dies, aged 80
10 April 2008
Green Party life peer Lord Timothy Beaumont died yesterday evening at St Thomas's hospital. Green Party Principal Speakers Caroline Lucas MEP and Derek Wall paid tribute to his services to British politics and to the Green Party, calling him a "pioneering spirit" in green politics.
In 1967, Lord Beaumont was created a life peer for the then Liberal Party as Baron Beaumont of Whitley, of Child's Hill in Greater London. Although initially chair of the Liberal Party in 1967-8 and President 1969-70, in 1999 he joined the Green Party, citing his opposition to the Liberal Democrats' support for ever-increasing global free trade.
As a Green Party peer, Lord Beaumont drove forward campaigns opposing biofuels, promoting food security and supporting indigenous farmers. He was a champion for freedom of information and highlighted Government deception when measuring carbon emissions from housing. As recently as March this year, he was promoting renewable energy as part of the Government's Energy Bill.
Lord Beaumont campaigned passionately for the Green Party and, in November 2006, said of the Greens:
"Such a vision offers greater community and personal satisfaction: a world where conviviality replaces consumption, where local identity replaces global trade, and where community spirit replaces brand loyalty."(1)
Principal Speakers Caroline Lucas MEP and Derek Wall paid tribute to Lord Beaumont, saying:
"Lord Beaumont will be enormously missed by the Party. He was a pioneering spirit in green politics, and a passionate defender of human rights and civil liberties. He worked tirelessly to put sustainable development higher up the political agenda and, in particular, to promote sustainable energy."
It is expected that the Prime Minister will appoint a new Green peer in due course.