I was very sorry to read that Lord Pilkington – or the Reverend Canon Lord Pilkington of Oxenford, to give him his full title – died on Monday at the age of 77. He was an active member of the House and was notable for his voice, which enabled him to be heard throughout the chamber. He took a particular interest in education, having been a successful headmaster, as well as religion.
As is often the case with peers, one only really finds out about their full range of skills and activities after they have died. I had no idea that, after graduating, Peter Pilkington had worked among leprosy sufferers in Tanganyika, before going on to have a very successful career as a teacher. He joined the House in 1995.