Jeremy Thorpe

(b. 1929)

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Politician. One of the more colourful politicians of his day, Thorpe was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford. Elected to Parliament in 1959 for North Devon as a Liberal, he became leader of the party in succession to Jo Grimond in 1967. He survived a disastrous election result in 1970 when the Liberals were reduced to six seats but was brought down in 1976 by bizarre accusations about his relationship with a male model. Thorpe was acquitted of attempted murder in 1978 but lost his seat in Parliament. His later years have been dogged by illness.

Subjects: British History — Politics.

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