Richard Rosser, Baron Rosser

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Richard Andrew Rosser, Baron Rosser (born 5 October 1944) is a British former trade union leader and politician.

Initially employed by London Transport he joined the staff of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) early in his working career, representing London Transport's white-collar staff in negotiations with the management. He rose through the ranks of the TSSA to be an Assistant General Secretary (one of two, at the time), and in 1989 he was elected General Secretary of the union (i.e. in day-to-day control, but answerable to an elected Executive Committee of lay members, and to the Annual Conference). Rosser was re-elected twice, serving a total of fifteen years in office before his retirement in 2004 – a record second only to the thirty years (1906-1936) served by Alexander Walkden. During his time at the TSSA, Rosser was also a magistrate and was Chairman of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in 1997-98.

Following his retirement from TSSA he was created a life peer on 14 June 2004 as Baron Rosser, of Ickenham in the London Borough of Hillingdon,[1] taking his seat in the House of Lords on the Labour Party benches in the summer of 2004. In addition to transport matters, he takes an interest in penal policy, being chair of the Prison Service Audit Committee and a non-executive member of the Prison Service change programme board.


Arms of Richard Rosser, Baron Rosser
Coronet of a Baron
A Stag lodged reguardant Argent attired and unguled Or supporting with the dexter forefoot a Wheel Azure
Or on each of three Pallets Azure issuing in base couped and embowed in chief a Sword Blade issuing in base Argent a Chief dancetty throughout of three points upwards Azure
On the dexter a Unicorn dimidiated with a Lion Argent winged horned armed and unguled Or and on the sinister a Unicorn dimidiated with a Lion Or winged horned armed and unguled Argent
The stag in the Crest is based on a carving on the altar rail of Ickenham Church. It is shown supporting a wheel as an allusion to the grantee's career in transport. Transport is also represented by the wings of the Supporters and Badge which also combine Scotland and England by means of the unicorn and lion dimidiation. The Arms are a stylized and heraldic interpretation of the architecture comprising the pump at Ickenham. The interstices provide space for three issuing sword blades as an allusion to the law.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Robin Cook
Chair of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Brenda Etchells