Doug Hoyle, Baron Hoyle
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
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Doug Hoyle
- Debrett's People of Today
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
October 1974 – 1979
Sir William Thomas Williams
|Member of Parliament for Warrington
1981 – 1983
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Warrington North
1983 – 1997
|Party political offices|
|Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party