Admirable politician 12: Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Transport following his election 1992.
- He gained the Country Life Parliamentarian of the Year Award for his persistent and effective challenging of Agriculture Ministers during the BSEBeef crisis.
- After the 1997 election, as the Foot and Mouth epidemic devastated livestock areas, Party Leader Charles Kennedy appointed Tyler to co-ordinate the response, and work with farming and other organisations, to seek more effective Government action.
- He led a campaign to uncover the truth behind the Lowermoor Water Poisoning incident, and the ensuing cover-up, which occurred shortly before the Conservative Party privatised the water industry.
- Experience working the Royal Institute of British Architects(1966–73) and SHELTER (1975–76) has given Tyler a special interest in housing and planning policy.
- For many years he has campaigned to change Britain’s dysfunctional electoral system and to replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate.
His work as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Organophosphates (1992-2005) was widely appreciated. He campaigned about their adverse effects on farmers (through sheep dip), pilots and cabin crew (through contaminated cabin air) and gulf war veterans (through pesticides used to repel insects).