Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood

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Lord Inglewood

William Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood DL, usually called Richard Inglewood (born 31 July 1951) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Cumbria and Lancashire North from 1989 to 1994, and for North West England from 1999 to 2004. He is currently the non-executive chairman of CN group, a publisher of media across North-West England.[1]

Inglewood is the eldest son of former Conservative Member of Parliament William Fletcher-Vane and his wife Mary née Proby. He was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1975. He married Cressida Pemberton-Pigott in 1986. They have one son, Henry William Frederick Fletcher-Vane born in 1990, and two daughters.

At the 1983 general election, he stood as the Conservative candidate in the safe Labour constituency of Houghton and Washington, where he finished third with 24% of the votes.

At the European Parliament election, 1984 he stood unsuccessfully in the Durham constituency, but at the 1989 election he was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Cumbria and Lancashire North. He lost his seat the 1994 election, but at the European Parliament election, 1999 he was elected for the new North West England constituency. He did not contest the 2004 election.

He inherited his title from his father in 1989, the same year he was first elected to the European Parliament. He remained a member of the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999 after his election by fellow hereditary peers. He was a government whip in the Lords from 1994–95, serving as Deputy Chief Whip from January to July 1995. He was then appointed as a junior minister in the Department of National Heritage, serving until the Conservatives lost office at the 1997 general election. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria since 1993 and was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2013.

His home is Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria.

Titles and styles

  • Richard Fletcher-Vane Esq (1951–64)
  • The Hon. Richard Fletcher-Vane (1964–89)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood MEP (1989–93)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood DL MEP (1993–94)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood DL (1994–99)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood DL MEP (1999–2004)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood DL (2004–)


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  • William Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Annaly
Succeeded by
The Earl of Lindsay
Preceded by
The Earl of Arran
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Lord Chesham
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fletcher-Vane
Baron Inglewood
Heir apparent:
Hon. Henry Fletcher-Vane
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