David Lipsey

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Lord David Lawrence Lipsey is a political and economic journalist who initally started his career as a researcher for the GMWU. He served in several positions for the Labour Party in the 1970s but with the defeat of Labour in 1979 Lipsey began his career in journalism. After reaching the position of political editor for The Economist, he turned to politics when he served on the Jenkin's Commission between 1997 and 1998. The commission was tasked with identifying the most appropriate voting system for elections in the House of Commons, as an alternative to the first past the post system[1]. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Lipsey of Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth in 1999 [2].

In 2001, the Social Market Foundation replaced its Tory-supporting chairman, Lord Skidelsky, with leading Labour peer Lord David Lipsey. Lipsey is the chairman of Make My Vote Count, and the commissioner of the Greyhound Racing Association. He is a controversial figure in the media daily.[1]



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  1. "The marketing of Blairism: Nick Mathiason meets Ann Rossiter, head of the Social Market Foundation think-tank, and leading light in the Third Way", The Observer, accessed 27 April 2008.
  2. House of Lords Register of Members Interests, July 2006.
  3. Media APPG Register Feb 16, www.parliament.uk, accessed 16 February 2016
  1. ^'Background Note' retrieved July 4 2006, from http://www.dca.gov.uk/rights/dca/voting/background-note.pdf
  2. ^Member Profile, UK Parliament retrieved July 4 2006 from http://biographies.parliament.uk/parliament/default.asp?id=26939
  3. ^Easton, Tom, "The British American Project for the Successor Generation" Lobster: parapolitics and state research journal, Issue 33 – 1997, Summer. Available at Tom Easton's account:
  4. ^'British Greyhound Racing Board' Retrieved 4 July 2007 from http://www.thedogs.co.uk/index.php?m=aid&id=3 -