Dianne Hayter

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The Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 June 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1949-09-07) 7 September 1949 (age 69)
Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materTrevelyan College
University of Durham

Dianne Hayter, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (born 7 September 1949) is a British politician and Labour Co-operative member of the House of Lords who has served as a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee from 1998 to 2010 representing the Socialist Societies. She was Chair of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Flt Lt Alec Bristow Hayter (d 1972), and Nancy Evans (d 1959). Educated at Trevelyan College, Durham University, where she studied Social and Public Administration (BA),[1] she gained a doctorate at London University in 2004.

Labour Party[edit]

Hayter was the General Secretary of the Fabian Society between 1976 and 1982 and Chief Executive of the European Parliamentary Labour Party during 1990 to 1996. Hayter has written Fabian Tract no. 451—The Labour Party: Crisis and Prospects (September 1977), Fightback—Labour's traditional right in the 1970s and 1980s (2005), and Men Who Made Labour—Celebrating the Centenary of the Parliamentary Labour Party (2006) (with Lord Haworth).

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the People's History Museum in Manchester holds the personal papers of Dianne Hayter in their collection, spanning from the late 1970s to 2010.[2]


Hayter is a board member of a number of organisations, including the Financial Reporting Council's Board of Actuarial Standards, the Determinations Panel of The Pensions Regulator, the Surveying Ombudsman Service, and the Insolvency Practices Council. She is chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel and was formerly vice chairman of the Financial Services Authority Consumer Panel and chair of the Consumer Panel of the Bar Standards Board.[3] She is also a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[4]


On 22 June 2010, she was created a life peer as Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, of Kentish Town in the London Borough of Camden, and was introduced in the House of Lords the same day.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Dianne Hayter lives in Kentish Town, London with her husband, Professor (Anthony) David Caplin, whom she married in 1994.[7]


  • The Labour Party: crisis and prospects (Fabian Soc.), 1977;
  • (contrib.) Labour in the Eighties, 1980;
  • (contrib.) Prime Minister Portillo and Other Things that Never Happened, 2003;
  • Fightback!: Labour's Traditional Right in the 1970s and 1980s, 2005;
  • (ed jtly with Lord Haworth) Men Who Made Labour, 2006;
  • (contrib.) From the Workhouse to Welfare, 2009.


  1. ^ Voice for the People, Durham University, retrieved 13 December 2009
  2. ^ Collection Catalogues and Descriptions, Labour Party Archive and Study Centre
  3. ^ Consumer Panel, Bar Standards Board, archived from the original on 20 August 2008, retrieved 22 June 2008
  4. ^ "LFI Supporters In Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ Today in the Lords
  6. ^ "No. 59470". The London Gazette. 25 June 2010. p. 12025.
  7. ^ Once they were revolutionaries, Camden New Journal, 4 November 2005, retrieved 22 June 2008

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Ponsonby
General Secretary of the Fabian Society
Succeeded by
Ian Martin
Preceded by
Oonagh McDonald
Chair of the Fabian Society
Succeeded by
Ben Pimlott
Preceded by
Ian McCartney
Socialist societies representative on the Labour Party National Executive Committee
Succeeded by
Keith Vaz and Simon Wright