Andrew McIntosh, Baron McIntosh of Haringey

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The Right Honourable
The Lord McIntosh of Haringey
Government Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
3 May 1997 – June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by The Lord Chesham
Succeeded by The Lord Davies of Oldham
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
17 January 1983 – 27 August 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born 30 April 1933
Died 27 August 2010
Political party Labour

Andrew Robert McIntosh, Baron McIntosh of Haringey, PC (30 April 1933 – 27 August 2010) was a British Labour politician and last elected Principal of the Working Men's College.

Personal life[edit]

McIntosh was educated at Haberdasher Aske's Hampstead School, the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Jesus College, Oxford and Ohio State University.[1]

McIntosh was married to the academic Naomi Sargant.[2] McIntosh died in 2010, aged 77, and was survived by two sons and a stepson.


He served as a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey (1964–68). He represented Tottenham on the Greater London Council (1973–83). When Labour won control of the GLC in 1981, McIntosh was leader of the Labour group. A centrist, McIntosh narrowly beat left-winger Ken Livingstone for the leadership. However, the day after Labour won a small majority, he was ousted and Livingstone voted leader of the Labour Group and of the GLC in his place by 30 to 20.

He was raised to the peerage as a life peer on 17 January 1983 as Baron McIntosh of Haringey of Haringey in the County of Greater London.[3] He served as a whip and a culture spokesman in the House of Lords. He was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council in 2002.

Andrew McIntosh was the UK's Minister for the Media and Heritage at the Department for Culture Media and Sport from 2003 to 2005. His responsibilities included broadcasting and press regulation, heritage and architecture, libraries, and gambling regulation. He was also spokesman in the House of Lords for HM Treasury from 1997 to 2005.

In September 2005, he became a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe[4] sitting as Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Culture, Science and Education from January 2010[5] and Chairman of its Sub-Committee on the Media from 2008 to 2009.[6]

Following the passing of a resolution on "Threats to the lives and freedom of expression of journalists" on 27 January 2007 the Council of Europe appointed him its rapporteur on media freedom.[7]

McIntosh became an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[citation needed]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Tessa Blackstone
Chairman of the Fabian Society
1985 – 1986
Succeeded by
Austin Mitchell
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Chesham
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Lord Davies of Oldham


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