John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford

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John Robert Louis Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford (born 21 June 1942) is a British Liberal Democrat politician.

He was Conservative MP for Nelson and Colne from 1979 to 1983, and then for Pendle from 1983 until he lost his seat to the Labour candidate Gordon Prentice in 1992. Lee served as junior minister for Defence Procurement from 1983 to 1986, and then for Employment from 1986 to 1989, being Minister for Tourism from 1987 to 1989. He became a non-executive Director and a member of the board of the Emerson Group, part of Orbit Developments in 1999.[1]

In 2001, he left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats, and was made a life peer as Baron Lee of Trafford, of Bowden in the County of Cheshire on 26 May 2006.[2]

He served as a Whip for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords between 2007 and 2010 but resigned in protest of the House of Lords Reform Bill making its way into the Queen's Speech.

In 2013, he released his " financial autobiography" How to Make a Million – Slowly: Guiding Principles From a Lifetime Investing.[3]


Arms of John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford
Coronet of a Baron
On a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules a Male Griffin sejant erect Sable beaked forelegged and rayed Or supporting a Staff also Or attached thereto a triangular Pennon Argent
Paly of six Gules and Sable on a Bend wavy Argent three Bulls' Heads caboshed per pale Sable and Gules armed Or
On either side a Salmon Argent enfiling an Ancient Crown Or
A career in banking and accountancy before turning to politics is reflected in the black and red pales for credit and debit, the bulls' heads representing the bull market on the Stock Exchange. The gryphon is associated with treasure, in particular gold; and the grantee's interests in golf and fly fishing feature in the Crest, Supporters and Badge.


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1992
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Doug Hoyle
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Pendle
Succeeded by
Gordon Prentice