Dennis Turner, Baron Bilston

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Not to be confused with Denys Turner.
The Right Honourable
The Lord Bilston
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton South East
In office
12 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
Preceded by Robert Edwards
Succeeded by Pat McFadden
Personal details
Born (1942-08-26)26 August 1942
Bradley, West Midlands
Died 25 February 2014(2014-02-25) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Patricia Narroway

Dennis Turner, Baron Bilston (26 August 1942 – 25 February 2014) was a Labour and Co-operative politician in the United Kingdom and was a Member of Parliament from 1987 until 2005.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Bradley in the Black Country and lived there his entire life. He was the son of Thomas Herbert Turner and Mary Elizabeth Peasley. He was educated at Stonefield Secondary Modern School (now South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy) on Prosser Street in Bilston and Bilston College of Further Education (now part of City of Wolverhampton College), worked as a market trader and steelworker, and later ran a social club. He was a strong trades unionist. He was one of the youngest-ever councillors on Wolverhampton Council from 1966, rising through the ranks to become deputy leader for seven years. He was Director of Springvale Co-operative Leisure Centre. He was on West Midlands County Council from 1973-86.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Turner contested Halesowen and Stourbridge in the February and October general elections in 1974.

He was elected member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East at the 1987 general election. He never held high office, serving as an opposition whip then as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Clare Short at the Department for International Development. He also campaigned on issues of Fairtrade and further education, and chaired the Commons Catering Committee. He chaired the Co-op Parliamentary Group for two years and the West Midlands group of Labour MPs. He once introduced a private member's bill seeking to make clear in law the correct amount of froth at the top of a pint of beer.

Turner stepped down from Parliament at the 2005 general election; he announced his retirement at a very late stage, citing an impending lung operation on a collapsed diaphragm. Pat McFadden was selected to replace him.

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer, and on 20 June 2005 the title was created as Baron Bilston, of Bilston in the County of West Midlands.[1] Turner later revealed that this choice of title was a mistake, and he had intended to take the title 'Baron Turner of Bilston'.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Bilston was a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

He married Patricia Narroway in 1976 and had a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57683. p. 8169. 23 June 2005.
  2. ^ Kavanagh, Dennis (26 February 2014). "Lord Bilston obituary". The Guardian. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Edwards
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East
Succeeded by
Pat McFadden