Lord David Alton Born in London on 15 March 1951, Lord Alton was educated at the Campion School, Hornchurch, Greater London, and Christ’s College of Education, Liverpool. He began his career as a teacher and, in 1972, he was elected as a Liberal to Liverpool City Council as Britain’s youngest city councillor. He was deputy leader of Liverpool City Council from 1975 to 1978.
Alton was elected as Member of Parliament for Liverpool Edge Hill at a by-election in 1979 for the Liberal Party, when he became the “Baby of the House”. When the Edge Hill constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, he was elected to represent the new Liverpool Mossley Hill constituency.
He became a Liberal Democrats MP when the Liberal Party merged with the SDP in 1988 and stood down as an MP at the 1997 general election. He was made a life peer as Baron Alton of Liverpool, of Mossley Hill in the County of Merseyside as a personal choice of John Major in the Dissolution Honours, and took his seat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.
In 1997, Alton was appointed Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University, establishing the Foundation for Citizenship and the Roscoe Lectures.The lecture series explores citizenship and lectures have been given by commentators including the 14th Dalai Lama and Prince Charles.
Lord Alton established the lobby group for human rights, Jubilee Campaign, in 1987, with the support of other members of parliament. He also co-founded Jubilee Action, a children’s charity established to fulfil the humanitarian needs highlighted by the work of Jubilee Campaign. In 2014 Jubilee Action changed its name to Chance for Childhood and is a patron of the International Young Leaders Network.