"Lord Tomlinson of Walsall has been a member of the House of Lords since 1998. He was formerly a member of European Parliament (1994-99). He was also formerly a member of Parliament for Meriden (1974-79, during which time he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1975-76); Minister for Europe (1976-79) and Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Development (1977-79).
"Lord Tomlinson has been the Chair of the Association of Independent Higher Education Providers since 2004 and Chair of the Advisory Committee of London School of Commerce since 2003.
"In earlier life he spent two spells, each of between four and five years, in Further Education, firstly as a Lecturer and secondly as a Head of Department. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff." 
Resources and articles
- britishcouncil Lord John Tomlinson, organizational web page, accessed April 16, 2013.