|The Right Honourable
The Lord Mulley
|Secretary of State for Defence|
10 September 1976 – 4 May 1979
|Prime Minister||James Callaghan|
|Preceded by||Roy Mason|
|Succeeded by||Francis Pym|
|Secretary of State for Education and Science|
5 March 1975 – 10 September 1976
|Prime Minister||Harold Wilson
|Preceded by||Reg Prentice|
|Succeeded by||Shirley Williams|
|Minister of Transport|
7 March 1974 – 5 March 1975
|Prime Minister||Harold Wilson|
|Preceded by||John Peyton (Transport Industries)|
|Succeeded by||John Gilbert|
|Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Park
23 February 1950 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Thomas Burden|
|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
|Born||3 July 1918|
|Died||15 March 1995(aged 76)|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
|Service/branch|| British Army
• Worcestershire Regiment
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Mulley attended Warwick School between 1929 and 1936. He served in the Worcestershire Regiment in the Second World War, reaching the rank of sergeant, but was captured in 1940 and spent five years as a prisoner of war in Germany. During this time he obtained a BSc in economics and became a chartered secretary.
At the end of the war, he received an adult scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford, and after a brief spell on an economics fellowship at the University of Cambridge (1948–50) he trained as a barrister, being called to the Bar in 1954.
Mulley had joined the Labour Party since 1936 and in 1945 he unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Sutton Coldfield. He became Member of Parliament for Sheffield Park in 1950, a position he held until retiring at the 1983 General Election.
During a long career in politics he held many ministerial positions including Minister of Aviation (1965-67), Minister for Disarmament (1967-69), and Minister of Transport (1969–70, 1974-75). While at the Transport Ministry he believed it would be inappropriate to be seen to be a car driver. Although he owned an Austin Maxi, his wife was the sole user of it during this period.
He is best remembered for falling asleep during the Queen's Jubilee Review of the Royal Air Force at RAF Finningley in 1977 when there was considerable noise around him. Having a small sleep during exercise was referred to by members of the RAF as having a "Fred Mulley". It was suggested in the satirical magazine Private Eye that Mulley was guilty of treason (then still a capital offence) for having slept with the Queen.
House of Lords
After retiring from the House of Commons in 1983, he was created a life peer as Baron Mulley, of Manor Park in the City of Sheffield on 30 January 1984, and he held a variety of directorial positions.
A main road in the Lower Don Valley in Sheffield is named after him.
- Worcestershire Regiment (29th/36th of Foot) Web site
- "Election special: Who's hand on the wheel?". Autocar. 141 (nbr 4067): Pages 39–40. 5 October 1974.
- The London Gazette: . 2 February 1984.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Fred Mulley
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Sheffield Park
as Minister of State for Transport Industries
|Minister of Transport
|Secretary of State for Education and Science
|Secretary of State for Defence