Our weekly guide e to healthcare's most influential people No 69

Published: 09/05/2002, Volume II2, No. 5804 Page 18 19

Name: Lord Tim Clement-Jones Job: Liberal Democrat health spokesman in the Lords

Style: Persistent, determined, 'he doesn't let go'- a key organiser of the government's defeat in the Lords, when peers voted through a cross-party amendment to the NHS Reform Bill setting up locality-based patients' councils.And he made Labour's election manifesto pledge to ban tobacco advertising stick.The idea seemed to have somehow fallen out of the Queen's Speech - with opposition from the likes of Formula One chief and sometime Labour Party donor Bernie Ecclestone, among others.But the Lib Dem peer pushed a private member's bill through the Lords, eventually pushing ministers to make time for it in the Commons.'This is going to make a massive difference to cancer deaths in the UK, 'he said. Is a trustee of Cancer BACUP, founded by his first wife Vicky.Lists 'talking'among his recreations in Who's Who .

Background: Big-time corporate lawyer, who has headed legal services at firms including London Weekend Television (1980-83), Grand Metropolitan (1984-86) and Kingfisher (1986-95).

He's now chair of DLA Upstream, the government relations arm of law firm DLA. Joined Streatham Liberal Association in 1973 while a volunteer at North Kensington Law Centre.Was chair of the Liberal Party from 1986-88 and played 'a significant part' in merger negotiations with the Social Democratic Party.Ran Paddy Ashdown's leadership campaign in 1988 and spent years as 'a background fixer'.Was made a life peer in 1998.

Future prospects: Probably a little more wrangling on the NHS Reform Bill to go, before he gets his teeth into the next lot of health legislation.Expect him to keep making waves.