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Liberal grandee highlights 'terrorism age' danger

PUBLISHED: 18:53 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

FORMER Liberal party national leader David Steele visits East London on Monday to give a public lecture on maintaining Liberal democracy in an Age of Terrorism .

FORMER Liberal party national leader David Steele visits East London on Monday to give a public lecture on maintaining Liberal democracy in an 'Age of Terrorism'.

He is delivering this year's First Lord Smith of Clifton annual lecture at Queen Mary college in Mile End.

Lord Steel of Aikwood was made a life Peer in 1997, and most recently served as the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2003.

He became an MP in 1965 in a by-election, the youngest MP in Parliament, and held his seat for eight general elections.

During this time he steered the Private Members' Bill which reformed Britain's abortion laws, resulting in the1967 Abortion Act. He was elected Liberal Party leader in 1976, heading it to its highest share of the vote for a third party for 50 years.

Steel oversaw the merger of the SDP and the Liberals to form the Liberal Democrats.

His lecture on Monday begins 6.30pm at Queen Marty's Drapers lecture theatre in the Geography Building on the Mile End campus in Mile End Road.

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