Memorial event for Lord Avebury
3 July 2016
A memorial event was held on 30 June for Lord Avebury at the Royal Institution in London. Eric Avebury was president of the Peru Support Group from 2002 until 2012 when he had to give up because of ill health. The event was attended by hundreds who listened to an account of his life and the multiplicity of the causes he supported. Among those who addressed the meeting were Jeremy Corbyn MP, a long-time PSG supporter, and Ann Clwyd MP, one of our sponsors who participated in a parliamentary delegation to Peru, alongside Eric Avebury, in the 1990s.
As many of those who attended PSG annual conferences will remember, Eric was a fount of practical wisdom on how to maximize the political punch of a very small lobby organization. As well as Peru, he supported many human rights causes across Latin America, including those in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Guatemala. He was the founder of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group in 1976 and its chair from then until 1997. He first entered parliament as a Liberal in 1962 in a landmark by-election for Orpington, overturning a huge Conservative majority. He became a member of the House of Lords in 1971.