Tim Razzall, Baron Razzall

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The Lord Razzall
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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
3 November 1997
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1943-06-12) 12 June 1943 (age 80)
Ealing, London, England, UK
Political party Liberal Democrats
Elizabeth Wilkinson
(m. 1965;div. 1974)

Deirdre Martineau
(m. 1982;div. 2003)
Domestic partner Jane Bonham Carter
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
Profession Lawyer

Edward Timothy Razzall, Baron Razzall, CBE (born 12 June 1943) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and parliamentarian.


Early life

He was the son of Humphrey Razzall, a Liberal Party member who stood as Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and Whitby in the 1945 general election.

Razzall attended St Paul's School, London before going to Worcester College, Oxford, representing the university at cricket in 1964. [1]


Razzall qualified as a solicitor in 1969 and worked for Frere Cholmeley (later Frere Cholmeley Bischoff), becoming a partner in 1973, and chief executive in 1990 before leaving in 1995 to set up his own corporate finance business (Argonaut Associates). [2] Frere Cholmeley Bischoff encountered financial difficulties and dissolved shortly after his departure, for which some blame was attributed to Razzall. [3]

In 1974, he was elected as a councillor for Mortlake ward in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which he represented for 24 years. During that time, he served as chair of Richmond Council's Policy and Resources Committee for 13 years and as deputy leader 1983–96. He was succeeded in both roles by Serge Lourie.

In 1986, he became joint-treasurer of the Liberal Party, and then treasurer of the newly merged Liberal Democrats in 1988. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1993 New Year Honours [4] and created a Life Peer on 22 October 1997 as Baron Razzall, of Mortlake in the London Borough of Richmond . [5] [6] In July 2002, he was the best man at the marriage of Charles Kennedy (the then Liberal Democrat Leader) to Sarah Gurling.

From 2000 to 2006, he was chair of the Liberal Democrats' Campaigns and Communications Committee. Along with Lord Rennard, he was responsible for running the Liberal Democrats' election campaigns. He stepped down from this post in May 2006, saying he wanted a change and to give his successor a chance to settle into the role before the 2010 general election.

A former House of Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Trade and Industry and Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group in Parliament, he now serves on various parliamentary committees.

Personal life

Razzall married first in 1965 (divorced 1974) Elizabeth Christina née Wilkinson, and they had a daughter, the journalist Katie Razzall, and a son, James Razzall. Through his marriage in 1982 (dissolved 2003) to Deirdre Martineau née Taylor-Smith, he became step-father to her two sons and two daughters. [7] In 2008 he was reported to be the partner of Jane Bonham Carter, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury. [8] Bonham-Carter has declared the relationship in the House of Lords Register of Interests. [9]


His memoirs, Chance Encounters, were published in October 2014. [10]


Lord Razzall attracted criticism in 2008 when it was revealed that he and his partner, Jane Bonham-Carter, a fellow life peer, had both claimed House of Lords expenses for a flat that they shared, although it was not claimed that a breach of the rules had occurred. [8] The House of Lords expenses system was later changed to give peers a flat rate irrespective of their residence. [11]


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  2. 19 Sep 1995, Razzall opts for politics over law, The Lawyer
  3. 30 Nov 1998, Robert Lindsay, Freres: an offer it could not refuse, The Lawyer
  4. "No. 53153". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1992. p. 9.
  5. "No. 54932". The London Gazette . 28 October 1997. p. 12093.
  6. "Edward Timothy Razzall CBE". Businessweek. Retrieved 10 April 2013.[ dead link ]
  7. "Burke's Peerage – The Official Website".
  8. 1 2 Hencke, David (12 May 2009). "House of Lords faces inquiry into peers' expenses claims". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. "Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury". www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. "Chance Encounters".
  11. "House of Lords expenses". www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by Treasurer of the Liberal Party
With: Chris Fox
Succeeded by
Tim Razzall (Treasurer of the SLD)
Preceded by
New position
Liberal Democrat Treasurer
Succeeded by
Reg Clark
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Lord Razall
Followed by
The Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe