EAST Lancashire peer Tony Greaves has been named in the top 10 most controversial members of the House of Lords.

The Pendle Liberal Democrat comes in fourth for being name-checked most often by his colleagues in Parliament’s Upper Chamber.

The highest Lib Dem, he is mixed in with former cabinet ministers including Nigel Lawson, John Gummer and Michael Forsyth, Lord Greaves garnered 252 citations in 2013.

The roll call of controversy says: “A member of Lancashire County Council for 23 years and Pendle Borough Council for the best part of four decades, he brought extensively cited experience to bear on administrative changes to the planning regime and reforms to the definition of anti-social behaviour.

“He also led a well-subscribed debate on ‘outdoor activities’, reminding peers of a line by pioneering conservationist John Muir: ‘Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul’.”