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Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford

The Right Honourable
The Lord Thomas of Gresford
Personal details
Born (1937-03-13) 13 March 1937
Nationality Welsh
Political party Liberal Democrats

(1) Nan Kerr in 1961

(2) Baroness Walmsley
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge University
Profession Solicitor, Barrister, Judge, Lecturer

Donald Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford, OBE, QC (born 13 March 1937) is a British Liberal Democrat politician.

Educated at Grove Park Grammar School, Wrexham, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, he graduated with an LLB in Law and an MA in Classics. He practiced as a solicitor in Wrexham from 1961–1966 before becoming a lecturer in Law. He was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1967, and was appointed a QC in 1979. He became a deputy circuit judge in 1974, a Crown Court Recorder in 1976, and a Deputy High Court judge in 1995.

Having been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1982 Birthday Honours,[1] Thomas was created a Life Peer as Baron Thomas of Gresford, of Gresford in the County Borough of Wrexham on 30 September 1996,[2] whereupon he took the Liberal Democrat Whip. Since then he has been a spokesman on Wales and Home Affairs, and has sat on a number of committees. His political interests include Hong Kong, China, criminal justice, and Wales.

Thomas married Nan Kerr in 1961 with whom he had three sons and one daughter. She died in 2000. In 2005, he married fellow Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Walmsley. He and his wife are one of the few couples who both hold titles in their own right.

Lord Thomas was a Vice-President of the Lloyd George Society until February 2012 when he was elected President.

Lord Thomas is the Honorary Chairman of the Association of Military Court Advocates.

External links

  • Lord Thomas of Gresford profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
  • [1] Website of the Lloyd George Society


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49008. p. 12. 12 June 1982.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54542. p. 13143. 3 October 1996.
  • Who's Who 2008
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mary Murphy
Chairman of the Welsh Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Geraint Howells
Preceded by
Geraint Howells
President of the Welsh Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Roger Roberts
Preceded by
Roger Roberts
President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
Succeeded by
Alex Carlile

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