Beatrice Seear, Baroness Seear

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(Beatrice) Nancy Seear, Baroness Seear PC (7 August 1913 – 23 April 1997) was a British social scientist and politician. She was leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords from 1984 to 1988, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords from 1988 to 1997. She was also appointed Privy Councillor in 1985.


Carers champion

Baroness Seear was also remembered as a pioneer for Carers and women's rights. As a Reader in Personnel Management at the LSE in 1963 she was approached by the Rev. Mary Webster, who had given up her work as a Minister to care for her aged parents, and hit the UK headlines with her highly effective campaigning work. Nancy Seear said that within five minutes of meeting Mary Webster "I knew that she was someone quite exceptional" (Tim Cook, 2007)

She became one of twelve founder member of the NCSWD – the National Council for Single Woman and Her Dependants – on 15 December 1965. Another prominent member was Sir Keith Joseph. She continued working for the movement and eventually became a Patron of Carers National Association when it was formed by a merger with the Association of Carers on 14 May 1988.

She was unmarried.



  • A career for women in industry (Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1964);
  • Policies for incomes (Liberal Publication Department, London, 1967);
  • Training: the fulcrum of change (British Association for Commercial and Industrial Education, London, 1976);
  • Interdependence and survival: population policies and environmental control (Wyndham Place Trust, London, 1976);
  • Women in the penal system (Report for the Howard League for Penal Reform, 1986);
  • Education: a quantum leap? (Hebden Royd Publications, Hebden Bridge, 1988).


  • Tim Cook, 2007, "The History of the Carers Movement" ISBN 978-1-873747-36-0
  • David Steel (Lord Steel of Aikwood), Nancy Seear in Dictionary of National Biography; OUP 2004-08
  • Mark Egan, Nancy Seear in Brack et al. (eds.) Dictionary of Liberal Biography; Politico's Publishing, 1998 pp324–325

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Roger Fulford
President of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
The Lord Eden
Preceded by
The Lord Byers
Leader of the Liberals in the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
Leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats