Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher

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The Lord Fletcher

Sir Eric Fletcher 1965.jpg
Minister without portfolio
In office
Leader Harold Wilson
Member of Parliament for Islington East
In office
5 July 1945 – 18 June 1970
Preceded by Thelma Cazalet
Succeeded by John Grant
Personal details
Eric George Molyneux Fletcher

(1903-03-26)26 March 1903
Died 9 June 1990(1990-06-09) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Radley College
University of London

Eric George Molyneux Fletcher, Baron Fletcher, Kt PC (26 March 1903 – 9 June 1990) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Personal life

Fletcher was the son of a former town clerk of Islington. He studied at Radley College and the University of London and became a solicitor, specialising in international law. He was deputy chairman of the Associated British Picture Corporation.

Political life

Fletcher was elected onto the London County Council for Islington South, serving 1934-49. At the 1945 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington East, defeating the Conservative Party feminist MP Thelma Cazalet-Keir. In Harold Wilson's first government, he served from 1964 to 1966 as Minister without Portfolio, House of Commons spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's Department and then Deputy Speaker.

Fletcher also served as a member of the Church Assembly, 1962 and as a member of the Senate of the University of London and governor of Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics. He was knighted in 1964,[1] And appointed to the Privy Council in 1967.

On 9 July 1970, Fletcher was created a life peer as Baron Fletcher, of Islington in Greater London.[2]



  1. ^ "No. 43501". The London Gazette. 27 November 1964. p. 10115.
  2. ^ "No. 45147". The London Gazette. 10 July 1970. p. 7673.
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.


External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Eric Fletcher
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thelma Cazalet-Keir
Member of Parliament for Islington East
Succeeded by
John Grant

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