Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher

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

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.

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]




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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thelma Cazalet-Keir
Member of Parliament for Islington East
Succeeded by
John Grant

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