Lord Pilkington

Lord Norton

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.

3 comments for “Lord Pilkington

  1. tory boy
    17/02/2011 at 1:19 pm

    It is sad but I noticed when he used to address the house he would shake fairly fervently, which seemed to show he had ill health.

    • antoinette1306
      26/02/2011 at 7:28 am

      While Lord Pilkington may not have been in training for the forthcoming London Marathon, he was not in poor health. Indeed , his passing was sudden and unexpected. I suggest his fervent shaking while addressing the House, was characteristic of his passion, knowledge and enthuasiam for the subject matter. This is evident during his debate contribution on the Public Bodies Bill last November. Lord Norton is quite right when he points out its usually after they are gone we discover their considerable contribution. Lord Pilkington was a great man, but also a very good chap, and is a great loss indeed to his loving family, friends, the Anglican Church, Parliament and last but no means least the future of education policy in this country. May Rt Rev Canon Lord Plkington of Oxenford RIP.

  2. maude elwes
    17/02/2011 at 7:16 pm

    The likes of which only few are left.

    His kind are a dying breed. Sadly.

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