In praise of … Anthony Lester

A Guardian editorial today praises the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Lester:

On a day when lawyers have been brought into shameful disrepute over miners’ compensation, the profession should cherish its shining luminaries. Foremost among them is the Liberal Democrat peer Anthony Lester …

Decades have passed since Lord Lester helped to shape the ground-breaking anti-race discrimination laws of the 60s and 70s. As aide to the then home secretary Roy Jenkins, he also – in Lord Jenkins’ own opinion – argued decisively in favour of protecting individual freedoms even in the face of the IRA terrorist threat. Human rights aside, Lord Lester’s other trademark is persistence.

You can read the full piece here.

UPDATE: Alas, things took rather a turn for the worse with Lord Lester.

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