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Graham Tope, Baron Tope

The Right Honourable
The Lord Tope
Member of the London Assembly
for the Liberal Democrats (London-wide)
In office
4 May 2000 – 1 May 2008
Preceded by Assembly Created
Succeeded by Caroline Pidgeon
Member of Parliament
for Sutton and Cheam
In office
7 December 1972 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Richard Sharples
Succeeded by Neil Macfarlane
Personal details
Born (1943-11-30) 30 November 1943
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats, Liberal Party (1972-1988)

Graham Norman Tope, Baron Tope, CBE (born 30 November 1943) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is also a councillor in the London Borough of Sutton.

In 1972, Tope captured the seat of Sutton and Cheam at a parliamentary by-election from the Conservative for the Liberal Party. The Conservatives retook the seat at the February 1974 General Election.

Having been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1991 Birthday Honours,[1] Tope was created a life peer as Baron Tope, of Sutton in the London Borough of Sutton on 4 October 1994.[2] He is a member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and is the only person in the country to have served as a member of a European Institution, a member of the UK Parliament, a member of a regional government structure and as a borough councillor all at the same time.

At the London Assembly, he was leader of the Liberal Democrat Group until 2006, member of the Audit Panel, and member of the Transport Committee. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the Metropolitan Police.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52563. p. 9. 15 June 1991.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53812. p. 14073. 7 October 1994.

External links

  • Graham Tope: profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
  • Graham Tope: biography from the London Assembly
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Sharples
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam
1972February 1974
Succeeded by
Neil Macfarlane

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