Alan Beith represented the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency in Parliament 1973-2015. He was the longest serving Liberal Democrat MP in Westminster.
Alan was Chairman of the Justice Committee of the House of Commons.
As Chairman of the Justice Committee, Alan led enquiries into the Freedom of Information Act, reviewing the legislation a decade on, as well as recent inquiries into European Data Protection laws and Youth Justice.
Alan was also Chairman of the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons. The Liaison Committee brings together the Chairs of select committees to consider matters of common interest and to take evidence from the Prime Minister three times a year.
Alan Beith was made a Privy Counsellor in 1992, and served as Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Privy Counsellors to review the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 and the Privy Council Review of the use of telephone intercept as evidence in prosecutions (2007) and served on the Advisory Group on the implementation of its proposals.
Sir Alan also serves as a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy which scrutinizes the structures for National Security policy. Recent work by the committee has included reviews on National Security Strategy and following the Government's response to their concerns.
After his retirement from the House of Commons in 2015, Alan was made a working peer, Lord Beith.