|Sir Derek Spencer
|Solicitor General for England and Wales|
15 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Sir Nicholas Lyell|
|Succeeded by||Charles Falconer|
|Member of Parliament
for Brighton Pavilion
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Julian Amery|
|Succeeded by||David Lepper|
|Member of Parliament
for Leicester South
9 June 1983 – 11 June 1987
|Preceded by||Jim Marshall|
|Succeeded by||Jim Marshall|
31 March 1936 |
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
Education and Career
Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, he was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford. He served as a Lieutenant in the King's Own Regiment from 1954-56. He became a barrister in 1961 and 'took silk' as a QC in 1980.
He is a Master of the Bench, Gray's Inn.
Spencer was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Leicester South constituency in the Conservative landslide of 1983, by just 7 votes — the smallest margin in the country. He lost the seat back to Labour in 1987.
As Solicitor General he represented the government in several significant cases including Wingrove v UK (1997) about the application of blasphemy law under the Human Rights Act 1998.
- Ex officio Bar Council, 1992–1997
- Criminal Bar Association
- Northern Ireland Bar
- South Eastern Circuit
Sir Derek has three sons (David, Andrew and Frederick) and one daughter (Caroline). His second wife, Caroline, died on 10 January 2003 of a heart attack.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Who's Who 1987 page 1648
- "18 Red Lion Court - Biography". Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Derek Spencer
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Leicester South
|Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion
|Solicitor General for England and Wales
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