As his Guardian obituary says:
The whole of his life had been coloured by the war, and like many other participants in that terrible conflict, the experience made him a passionate believer in European unity.
Much of his political life was devoted to that idealistic concept, including membership of the Council of Europe and a brief spell in the European parliament before it became a directly elected body. He spent many years on House of Lords committees charged with examining EU legislation.As George Mackie he sat for Caithness and Sutherland between 1964 and 1966. At the time of his death, he was the longest surviving former Liberal MP.
Who holds that crown today?
George Mackie held the crown even when I blogged about it back in 2009. And the silver and bronze medalists then - Clement Freud and Emlyn Hooson - have both died too.
So by my reckoning the three oldest former Liberal MPs are now
- James Davidson (b. 10 January 1927)
- Elizabeth Shields (b. 27 February 1928)
- Eric Avebury (b. 29 September 1928)
Later. Thanks to Greg Stone for pointing me to Elizabeth Shields' date of birth.