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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

(1938-), Politician; Leader of the Liberal Party and first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

Sitter in 22 portraits
Politician and Leader of the Liberal Party (1976-88). Steel was born in Edinburgh and educated in Nairobi and Edinburgh. He became Liberal MP for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles in 1965. President of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain (1966-9), Steel sponsored the private members' bill that became the Abortion Act (1967). In 1977 he negotiated the Lib-Lab Pact with the minority Labour government, but in 1982 formed the Liberal/SDP Alliance with the new Social Democratic Party. He shared the leadership with David Owen until the two parties merged in 1988 as the Liberal Democrats. He was knighted in 1990 and made a life peer in 1997.

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137607

David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 15 July 1967
NPG x137607

David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood, by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x174115

David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
colour transparency, 29 June 1978
NPG x174115

The House of Commons, by Unknown photographer - NPG x27968

The House of Commons

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1986-1987
NPG x27968

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 24 February 1966
NPG x176522

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172550

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172551

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172552

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172553

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172554

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 February 1970
NPG x172555

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate colour transparency, 18 February 1970
NPG x172556

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate colour transparency, 18 February 1970
NPG x172557

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 29 June 1978
NPG x174109

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 29 June 1978
NPG x174110

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 29 June 1978
NPG x174111

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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 29 June 1978
NPG x174112

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