Doug Hoyle, Baron Hoyle

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Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle, Baron Hoyle, known as Lord Hoyle, JP (born 17 February 1930) is a British Labour politician and former Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne and Warrington North.

Hoyle was first elected at the October 1974 general election for Nelson and Colne (this was the first Labour gain to be announced on election night). He narrowly lost his seat at the 1979 general election, but returned to Parliament in 1981 when he saw off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins in a traditional safe Labour seat, in a notable by-election in Warrington when enthusiasm for the newly created Social Democratic Party was at its peak. Constituency boundaries were redrawn for the 1983 general election.

Hoyle stepped down at the 1997 general election, and on 14 May 1997 he was created a Life Peer as Baron Hoyle, of Warrington in the County Palatine of Cheshire.[1][2][3]

He is the chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club and a non-executive director of the major local employer Debt Free Direct.[4][5]

Lord Hoyle, already a Freeman of Gibraltar, was awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, in March 2010, for being a 'supporter of Gibraltar and its people'.[6]

In November 2010, Lord Hoyle was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Chester for his 'outstanding contribution to the Borough of Warrington'.[7]

His son, Lindsay Hoyle, is the Member of Parliament for Chorley (Labour) and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Waddington
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
October 19741979
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Sir William Thomas Williams
Member of Parliament for Warrington
1981 – 1983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warrington North
19831997
Succeeded by
Helen Jones
Political offices
Preceded by
David Blunkett
Chair of The Labour Party
1994–1995
Succeeded by
Diana Jeuda
Political offices
Preceded by
Stanley Orme
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Clive Soley