John Suenson-Taylor, 3rd Baron Grantchester

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The Lord Grantchester
Born (1951-04-08) April 8, 1951 (age 65)
Residence Crewe
Occupation Dairy farmer, Politician
Known for Former Everton F.C. director
Political party Labour

Christopher John Suenson-Taylor, 3rd Baron Grantchester (known as John Grantchester;[1] born 8 April 1951) is a British peer and Labour politician.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of the 2nd Baron Grantchester and Lady Grantchester (née Betty Moores) and was educated at Winchester College, where he was in the school football team, and at the London School of Economics, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Lord Grantchester has two sons, including his heir apparent Jesse David Suenson-Taylor, and two daughters.

Lord Grantchester married Susan Mary Allen in 2014 in a private ceremony.

Business and charitable interests[edit]

Littlewoods[edit]

Lord Grantchester is the grandson of John Moores and his mother is nominal head of the Moores family, founders of the Liverpool-based Littlewoods football pools and retailing businesses. Lord Grantchester is a former director of Littlewoods. He is ranked 85th in the Sunday Times 2015 rich list with a net worth of £1,200m.[2]

Football[edit]

He was a director of his favoured football team, Everton. He has frequently been listed in the FourFourTwo rich list as a result of his shareholding. As of December 2015, he owned 8.5% of the club.[3] He left the Everton board in December 2000. He is a Trustee of The Foundation for Sport and the Arts. He is also a trustee of the David France Collection, the world's largest club specific football memorabilia collection.

Dairy farming[edit]

Lord Grantchester runs a dairy farm near Crewe, Cheshire. He is chairman of the South West Cheshire Dairy Association, a Council Member of the Cheshire Agricultural Society and of the Royal Agricultural Society.

Lord Grantchester was the chairman of one of the UK's largest milk and cheese businesses, Dairy Farmers of Britain, accounting for 10% of the UK milk market, when it entered receivership in June 2009.[4][5]

House of Lords[edit]

In 1995, he succeeded to his father's title. He replaced the deceased Lord Milner of Leeds as one of the 92 hereditary peers remaining in the House of Lords under the House of Lords Act 1999 after defeating Viscount Hanworth by two votes to one in a by-election for the Labour seat in October 2003.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Labour Lords — John Grantchester (Accessed 18 September 2015)
  2. ^ Siddle, John (2015-04-26). "Sunday Times Rich List 2015 reveals Merseyside's wealthiest people". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2016-03-27. High on the list is Everton FC shareholder Lord Grantchester, and the Moores family, at number 85 with a wealth of £1.2bn 
  3. ^ Traynor, Luke (2015-12-23). "Everton takeover: Who currently owns the shares at Everton?". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2016-03-27. Lord Grantchester, the grandson of Sir John Moores, has 2,773 shares (8.5%) 
  4. ^ Boyle, Catherine (4 June 2009). "Dairy Farmer of Britain calls in receivers". The Times. London. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dairy Farmers enters receivership". BBC News Online. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2016-03-27. "What is most important now is that the supply chain is maintained through to our consumers, that jobs are saved, and that there is a home for our members' milk," said Lord Grantchester, chairman of DFOB. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kenneth Suenson-Taylor
Baron Grantchester
1995–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. Jesse Suenson-Taylor