Lord Avebury, Eric Lubbock, has died at the age of 87

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Lord Avebury, the longest serving Liberal Democrat Peer, has died at the age of 87. Born Eric Lubbock he also served as the Liberal MP for Orpington from 1962 until 1970.

Lubbock was educated in Toronto before moving to Harrow School and then studying at Balliol College at Oxford University. He worked for Rolls Royce after leaving university and became a Liberal MP after winning a by-election in Orpington in 1962 with a majority of 7,855. He made his maiden speech on 27 March 1962.

He won the Orpington constituency again in 1964 with a majority of 3,072 over the Conservative candidate, Norris McWhirter. He won again against McWhirter in 1966 with a majority of 1,622 but lost to the Conservative Ivor Stanbrook in 1970 by a majority of 1,322. During this time he served as the Liberal Party’s Chief Whip from 1963 until 1970.

After Lubbock’s cousin, John Lubbock, died without an heir in 1971 he was elevated to the Peerage as an hereditary Peer. Following the removal of hereditary Peers from the House of Lords in 1999 Lubbock remained after a vote which allowed some to remain. During his time in the House of Lords he had one of the highest attendance records.

Lubbock died at the age of 87 on 14 February 2016.