Frederick Lee, Baron Lee of Newton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Lee of Newton
PC
Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
6 April 1966 – 1 August 1966
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Frank Pakenham
Succeeded by Position abolished
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
7 January 1967 – 6 October 1969
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by George Thomson
Succeeded by George Thomson
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Hulme
In office
5 July 1945 – 23 February 1950
Preceded by Sir Joseph Nall
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Newton
In office
23 February 1950 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Robert Young
Succeeded by John Evans
Personal details
Born (1906-08-03)3 August 1906
Manchester
Died 4 February 1984(1984-02-04) (aged 77)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Frederick Lee, Baron Lee of Newton PC (3 August 1906 – 4 February 1984)[1] was a British Labour Party politician and peer.

Born in Manchester[2] to Joseph and Margaret Lee, he was educated at Langworthy Road School of Engineering. He was Chairman of the Works Committee at Metro-Vickers Ltd, Trafford Park, Manchester, and of the National Committee of the Amalgamated Engineering Union from 1944-45. Formerly a Member of Salford City Council, at the 1945 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament for Manchester Hulme.[3]

When that constituency was abolished for the 1950 general election, he was elected for the Newton constituency in Lancashire, and sat for that constituency until retiring from Parliament at the February 1974 general election.[citation needed] In 1960, on the death of Aneurin Bevan, he stood as a left-wing candidate for Labour's Deputy Leadership against George Brown and James Callaghan. After Callaghan had been eliminated, Lee was defeated by Brown by 146 votes to 83.

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1948, and held Ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service from 1950–51, Minister of Power from 1964 to 1966, the last Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1966, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1967 to 1969. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1964, and on his retirement in 1974 was created a life peer on 1 July 1974 as Baron Lee of Newton, of Newton in the County of Merseyside.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Rosen, Greg (2001) [2001]. Dictionary of Labour Biography (1st ed.). London: Politico's Publishing. p. 352. ISBN 1-902301-18-8. 
  3. ^ Craig, F.W.S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 189. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46352. p. 7917. 24 September 1974.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Nall, Bt
Member of Parliament for Manchester Hulme
19451950
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Robert Young
Member of Parliament for Newton
1950Feb 1974
Succeeded by
John Evans
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Longford
Secretary of State for the Colonies
1966
Succeeded by
Herbert Bowden
as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
Preceded by
George Thomson
Minister of Fuel & Power 1964-1966 Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1967–1969
Succeeded by
George Thomson