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Ronald Cyril Fearn, Baron Fearn, OBE (born 6 February 1931) is a British Liberal Democrat politician.

The Lord Fearn

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
11 July 2001 – 11 July 2018
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Southport
In office
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byMatthew Banks
Succeeded byJohn Pugh
In office
11 June 1987 – 9 April 1992
Preceded byIan Percival
Succeeded byMatthew Banks
Personal details
Ronald Cyril Fearn

(1931-02-06) 6 February 1931 (age 88)
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Joyce Fearn
RelationsMaureen Fearn
ChildrenMartin Fearn
ResidenceNorwood Ward, Southport
ProfessionBanker, Politician

His birth was registered without his middle name in the Ormskirk registration district of Lancashire[1] and Fearn was educated at King George V Grammar School, Southport and had a career in banking. He served late into the 2010s as a Sefton Metropolitan Borough councillor and had been such on its predecessor body Merseyside County Council, achieving over 50 years of continuous service, elected as a Liberal and for its successor party the Liberal Democrats.

In the 1985 Birthday Honours Fearn was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[2]

His son, Martin, became a mathematics teacher at Cowley International College, St. Helens.

He was the Liberal and later Liberal Democrat MP for Southport from 1987 to 1992 and 1997 to 2001, after unsuccessfully contesting the seat at the four 1970s general elections. He received a life peerage and joined the House of Lords as Baron Fearn, of Southport in the County of Merseyside, in 2001.[3] He retired from the House on 11 July 2018.[4]


  1. ^ General Register Office public indices of birth, marriages and deaths, vol. 8b page 1378 which included until 1934 Southport
  2. ^ "No. 50154". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1985. p. 10.
  3. ^ "No. 56275". The London Gazette. 16 July 2001. p. 8373.
  4. ^ "Lord Fearn". UK Parliament.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Percival
Member of Parliament for Southport
Succeeded by
Matthew Banks
Preceded by
Matthew Banks
Member of Parliament for Southport
Succeeded by
John Pugh