John Attlee, 3rd Earl Attlee

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John Richard Attlee, 3rd Earl Attlee (born 3 October 1956), styled Viscount Prestwood between 1967 and 1991, is a British peer and a hereditary member of the House of Lords. He is the grandson of Clement Attlee, the British Labour Prime Minister, who was 1st Earl Attlee. He is a trustee of the Attlee Foundation.

Early life[edit]

Attlee was educated at Stowe School, trained with Smiths Industries and worked mainly in materials management.

Professional career[edit]

In 1985, Attlee went into business in the field of commercial vehicle recovery and repair.[1] In this connection he is President of the Heavy Transport Association and Patron of the Road Rescue Recovery Association.[1]

He undertook a tour with the non-governmental organisation British Direct Aid in Bosnia during the winter of 1993-94, then ran British Direct Aid's operation in Rwanda for most of 1995.[1]

Military activity[edit]

A member of the Territorial Army, Attlee served in Bosnia during 1997-98, and in Iraq in 2003.

Political career[edit]

Attlee inherited his title following his father's death in 1991 and entered the House of Lords in 1992,[1] initially as a crossbencher. Shortly before the general election of 1997 he joined the Conservative Party. He is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.

He served as an Opposition spokesman on various subjects; immediately prior to the 2010 general election he was spokesman for transport and an Opposition whip.[2] Following the Conservative victory in that election Earl Attlee was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting or Government whip in the House of Lords.[3] He continued in that role until April 2014, when he left the Government. He was replaced by Baroness Williams of Trafford.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Earl Attlee married Teresa Ahern on 27 September 2008, in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster.[5] Lady Attlee is the younger daughter of Mortimer Ahern, of Malvern, Worcestershire. Should Lord Attlee die leaving no heirs, the Earldom will become extinct.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "John Attlee". Conservative Party. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Earl Attlee". Democracy Live (BBC News). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Who's who: Cameron's government". BBC News. 3 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Appointment to the government: Baroness Williams of Trafford". GOV.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Earl Attlee and Miss T.M. Ahern". Telegraph Announcements (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 6 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Martin Richard Attlee
Earl Attlee
1991–present
Incumbent