Lord Jacobs Peer
House of Lords
Marital status/children: Married with two grown up children
Interests: Art, golf, reading, theatre, opera and travel
Anthony Jacobs B.Com. FCA was born in November 1931. His highly successful business career spans thirty three years, during which time he was Chairman of three major companies; Nig Securities Group (1957-1972); the Tricoville Group (1961-1990); The British School of Motoring (1973-1990).
He joined the Liberal Party in 1972, served on both the Housing and Economic Committees and was co-author of Help for the First Time Buyer. He became Economics and Taxation Advisor to the Liberal Party from 1973 to 1978, working closely with John Pardoe MP. In 1974, he contested the Parliamentary Constituency of Watford in the February and October General Elections and increased the Liberal share of the vote from 6% to 24%. In 1984, he was elected Joint Treasurer of the Party and was returned unopposed each year until he stepped down in 1987. He was a keen supporter of the merger of the Liberal Party and SDP and served as Chairman of the Party in England and Vice-President of the Federal Party. In 1988, he received a Knighthood.
He became a Life Peer in 1997 and uses his extensive business experience in the House to challenge the Government on a range of issues. These include the disparity between prices paid by British consumers for goods, which are available to European and US consumers for a fraction of the price and banning the use of hand-held mobile phones in cars. He is also at the forefront of the campaign to seek justice for the condemned pilots of the 1994 Chinook Helicopter crash.
His was an active member of the Tate Gallery Millennium fund-raising committee for the new Tate Bankside Gallery of Modern Art, and has been a member of the Crown Estate Paving Commissioners since 1980. He is Trustee of the Jacobs Charitable Trust and was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Haifa University in Israel from 1992 to 2001.