Lord Ian Wrigglesworth served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Thornabee and Teeside between 1974 and 1981.
Lord Wrigglesworth was also one of the founding members of the Social Democratic Party(SDP). In 1988, when the SDP merged with the Liberal Party he became the first President of the Liberal Democrats, and until 2012 he held the position of Chairman of the Trustees. He is currently acting national Treasurer to the party. 
He is deputy chairman of the Regional Growth Fund Advisory Panel.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shale Gas Regulation and Planning
- All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy