Herbert Bowden, Baron Aylestone

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Aylestone
CH CBE PC
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
In office
1 August 1966 – 29 August 1967
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by George Thomson
Lord President of the Council
In office
16 October 1964 – 11 August 1966
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Quintin Hogg
Succeeded by Richard Crossman
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
16 October 1964 – 11 August 1966
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Selwyn Lloyd
Succeeded by Richard Crossman
Member of Parliament
for Leicester South West
Leicester South (1945–1950)
In office
5 July 1945 – 2 November 1967
Preceded by Charles Waterhouse
Succeeded by Tom Boardman
Personal details
Born 20 January 1905
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Died 30 April 1994(1994-04-30) (aged 89)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Social Democratic Party

Herbert William Bowden, Baron Aylestone, CH CBE PC (20 January 1905 – 30 April 1994) was a British Labour politician.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Bowden was a councillor on Leicester City Council 1938–45 and president of Leicester Labour Party in 1938. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was elected at the 1945 general election for South Leicester, taking South-West Leicester at the 1950 election. He was appointed a whip in 1949 and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in 1950. From 1951, he was Deputy Chief Whip, then Chief Whip through Labour's years in opposition.

When Labour returned to power in 1964, Bowden was appointed Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council, having become a Privy Counsellor in 1962. In 1966 he was moved to the new post of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, serving until 1967. In September 1967, he was made a life peer as Baron Aylestone, of Aylestone in the City of Leicester and became chairman of the Independent Television Authority. He was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1975. He joined the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s. He died in Worthing aged 89.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Waterhouse
Member of Parliament for Leicester South
19451950
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Leicester South West
19501967
Succeeded by
Tom Boardman
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintin Hogg
Lord President of the Council
1964–1966
Succeeded by
Richard Crossman
Preceded by
Selwyn Lloyd
Leader of the House of Commons
1964–1966
Preceded by
Frederick Lee
as Secretary of State for the Colonies
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
1966–1967
Succeeded by
George Morgan Thomson
Preceded by
Arthur Bottomley
as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Hill
Chairman of the Independent Television Authority
1967–1972
ITA became the IBA