The Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope
|Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats|
9 April 1992 - 1 May 1997
|Member of the House of Lords|
10 June 2005
|Member of the Parliament|
for Roxburgh and Berwickshire
10 June 1983 - 11 April 2005
|Born||22 April 1946|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Alma mater||Heriot-Watt University|
In 1986 he with two other MPs Simon Hughes MP and Michael Meadowcroft MP and the National League of Young Liberals and other parts of the party produced the booklet Across the Divide Liberal Values on Defence and Disarmament. This was the rally call that defeated the party leadership in the debate over the issue of an independent nuclear deterrent.
A Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Work and Pensions, Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, is listed in the House of Lords Register of Interests (Session 2006-2007) as the Chairman of the Unum Customer Advisory Panel for which he received payment from Unum. He received additional payments for other work for Unum.
He married Rosemary Chester on 30 December 1972. They have a son and daughter.