Doug Hoyle

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The Lord Hoyle

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Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
In office
18 July 1992 – 1 May 1997
LeaderJohn Smith
Tony Blair
Preceded byStanley Orme
Succeeded byClive Soley
Member of Parliament
for Warrington North
Warrington (1981-1983)
In office
16 July 1981 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byThomas Williams
Succeeded byHelen Jones
Member of Parliament
for Nelson and Colne
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded byDavid Waddington
Succeeded byJohn Lee
Personal details
Born (1930-02-17) 17 February 1930 (age 88)
Political partyLabour
RelationsLindsay Hoyle (Son)

Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle, Baron Hoyle, JP (born 17 February 1930) is a British Labour politician and former Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne and Warrington North.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hoyle first stood for Parliament at Clitheroe in 1964, but came second. In 1970 he first fought Nelson and Colne, and was defeated by the Conservative incumbent David Waddington by 1410 votes. He fought the seat again in February 1974 and reduced Waddington's margin to 177.

He was finally elected at the October 1974 general election for Nelson and Colne by 669 votes (this was the first Labour gain to be announced on election night). He narrowly lost his seat at the 1979 general election, but returned to Parliament in 1981 when he saw off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins in a traditional safe Labour seat, in a notable by-election in Warrington when enthusiasm for the newly created Social Democratic Party was at its peak. Constituency boundaries were redrawn for the 1983 general election.

House of Lords[edit]

Hoyle stepped down at the 1997 general election, and on 14 May 1997 he was created a Life Peer as Baron Hoyle, of Warrington in the County of Cheshire.[1][2][3]

Other interests[edit]

Lord Hoyle served as chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club from 1999 to 2009.[4] He has also been a non-executive director of the major local employer Debt Free Direct.[5][6]

Already having received the Freedom of Gibraltar in 2004, he was awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, in March 2010, for being a 'supporter of Gibraltar and its people'.[7]

In November 2010, Lord Hoyle was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Chester for his 'outstanding contribution to the Borough of Warrington'.[8]


His son, Lindsay Hoyle, is the Member of Parliament for Chorley (Labour) and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1930–1958: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle
  • 1958–1974: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1974–1979: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP MP
  • 1979–1981: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1981–1997: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP MP
  • 1997: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1997–: The Right Honourable The Lord Hoyle JP


  1. ^ "No. 54768". The London Gazette. 19 May 1997. p. 5853.
  2. ^ UK Parliament – Alphabetical List of Members Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ *
  4. ^ Murphy, Connor (13 September 2009). "Doug Hoyle steps down as Warrington Wolves chairman". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ Debt Free Direct, FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions | Debt Free Direct Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Debt Free Direct
  7. ^ "Lord Hoyle: Three Decades of Loyalty". Archived from the original on 2012-02-27.
  8. ^ Local heroes honoured

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Waddington
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
October 19741979
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Sir William Thomas Williams
Member of Parliament for Warrington
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warrington North
Succeeded by
Helen Jones
Party political offices
Preceded by
Stanley Orme
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Succeeded by
Clive Soley