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David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool, KCSG, KCMCO, has been a Member of the House of Commons for 18 years until 1997, when he was appointed a Life Peer. He began his career as a teacher and, in 1972, he was elected to Liverpool City Council as Britain’s youngest City Councillor.

He is known for his human rights work: in 1987 he co-founded the children's charity Jubilee Action (which changed its name to Chance for Childhood in 2014), and he serves as chair, patron or trustee of a number of voluntary organisations, including CRISIS, the International Young Leaders Network, Karen Aid, and the Christian Heritage Centre. In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University. In 2017 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. He is a Knight Commander of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (2003) and a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (2008), both Roman Catholic orders of chivalry. In 2016 he was given the St. Thomas More Religious Freedom Award for his commitment to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2017 he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by Janos Ader, President of Hungary.

Alton is the author of several books, including What Kind of Country? (Marshall Pickering 1987), Whose choice anyway? (Marshall Pickering 1988), Faith in Britain (Hodder & Stoughton 1991), Life After Death (Christian Democrat Press 1997), Citizen Virtues (Harper Collins 1999), Euthanasia: Getting To The Heart of The Matter with Martin Foley (2005), Abortion: Getting To The Heart of The Matter with Martin Foley (2005), Building Bridges – Is there hope for North Korea? with Rob Chidley (2013). He also wrote many reports on human rights in countries such as North Korea, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, Sudan/Darfur, Tibet  and Rwanda.


Independent Crossbench Life Peer
Lord David   Alton of Liverpool



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