Sir Alan James Beith is a British Liberal Democrat politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Berwick-upon-Tweed. He was born on 20 April 1943 in Poynton, in Cheshire and was educated at The King's School, Macclesfield, Balliol College, Oxford. He has been Berwick-upon-Tweed's MP since 1973 and is now the longest current serving Liberal Democrat MP and only current Liberal Democrat MP to have experience of the House of Commons in the 1970s.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.