Jeremy Hutchinson, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington

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Jeremy Nicolas Hutchinson, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington, QC (born 28 March 1915) is a British lawyer.

He is the son of St John Hutchinson, KC, and his wife, Mary Barnes,[1] and is descended from the regicide Colonel John Hutchinson of Owthorpe.[2]

Education[edit]

Hutchinson was educated at Stowe School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics.

Career[edit]

Hutchinson was called to the Bar in the Middle Temple in 1939 and served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the Labour candidate in the constituency of Westminster Abbey in the 1945 election; he canvassed 10 Downing Street and when informed that the "tenant" (Prime Minister Winston Churchill) was out of the country, he addressed the staff.

He worked on the defence team in the Lady Chatterley trial in 1960[3] and became a Queen's Counsel in 1961. He was a Bencher, Recorder of Bath and of the Crown Court between 1963 and 1988. He also led the defence of the art thief Kempton Bunton in 1965.[4]

He led the defence of director Michael Bogdanov in 1982 against a charge of gross indecency in the play The Romans in Britain by Howard Brenton. The private prosecution by Christian morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse was defeated when the chief witness against Bogdanov, Whitehouse's solicitor, Graham Ross-Cornes, revealed under cross-examination that he had been sitting at the back of the theatre when he saw what was claimed to be a penis.[5] The prosecution withdrew after Hutchinson demonstrated that Ross-Cornes could have witnessed the actor's thumb protruding from his fist and the case was ended after the Attorney-General entered a nolle prosequi.[6]

Hutchinson was a member of the Committee on Immigration Appeals and of the Committee on Identification Procedures. He was vice-chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and a Professor of Law at the Royal Academy of Arts. At the Tate Gallery he was first a trustee and then Chairman.

On 16 May 1978 Hutchinson was created a life peer with the title Baron Hutchinson of Lullington, of Lullington in the County of East Sussex.[7] He later took leave of absence from the House of Lords, and on 3 October 2011 he became one of the first two peers to retire from membership under a newly instituted procedure.[8] Following the death of Edward Short, Baron Glenamara in May 2012, Hutchinson became the oldest living life peer, being two years older than Denis Healey, Baron Healey, who is the oldest life peer still sitting in the House of Lords.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hutchinson was married first to Peggy Ashcroft, from 1940 until 1966, when he married June Osborn. She died in 2006.[10] He has one son Nicholas and one daughter Eliza by his first wife.

In October 2013 Hutchinson was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. His musical choices were by "Don't Have any More Missus Moore," by Lily Morris, "Dance of the Miller's Wife" from The Three-Cornered Hat by de Falla, "Tea for Two" by Teddy Wilson, "Ah Dite alla giovine" by Giuseppe Verdi, "The Rumble" from West Side Story, the Andante from Piano concerto in C major by Mozart, "L'autre bout du Monde" by Emily Loizeau and the Sonata Opus 110 by Beethoven.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (Kelly's Directories, 2000), p. 869.
  2. ^ "Colonel John Hutchinson, Owthorpe". Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Nairne, Sandy (6 August 2011). "From the National Gallery to Dr No's lair". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Nairne, Sandy (6 August 2011). "From the National Gallery to Dr No's lair". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Mark Lawson "Passion play", The Guardian, 28 October 2005
  6. ^ Robertson, Geoffrey (1999). The Justice Game. London: Vintage. ISBN 978-0-09-958191-8. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47536. p. 5983. 18 May 1978.
  8. ^ "Former Archbishop of York retires from House of Lords". The Press. 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "House of Lords, Official Website - Who is the oldest sitting Member of the House of Lords?". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Daily Telegraph Obituary - Lady Hutchinson of Lullington". Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jeremy Hutchinson". bbc.co.uk. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.