Ted Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton
The Lord Graham of Edmonton
|Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords|
5 July 1990 – 2 May 1997
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
|Preceded by||The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Strathclyde|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
14 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
|Prime Minister||James Callaghan|
|Preceded by||James Dunn|
|Succeeded by||John MacGregor|
|Member of the House of Lords |
12 September 1983 – 21 March 2020
|Member of Parliament |
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Austen Albu|
|Succeeded by||Ian Twinn|
Thomas Edward Graham
26 March 1925
|Died||21 March 2020(aged 94)|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
Graham was educated at the Co-operative College and held several positions in the co-operative movement from 1939, becoming National Secretary for the Co-operative Party. During the Second World War he saw active service in the British Army and was seriously injured by enemy fire. Graham was a councillor on Enfield Borough Council from 1961, joining the new London Borough of Enfield in 1964 and becoming its leader for ten years.
In 1966, Graham contested Enfield West at that year's general election. He was Member of Parliament for Edmonton from February 1974, serving as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1974 to 1976, then as a government whip from 1976 to 1979, with the title of Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. He was an opposition spokesman on the environment from 1980 to 1983, when he lost his seat in the House of Commons to Ian Twinn as part of Labour's landslide election defeat of that year.
On 12 September 1983, after losing his seat, Graham was created a life peer as Baron Graham of Edmonton, of Edmonton in Greater London. He was Labour Chief Whip 1990-97. He has been chairman of the Co-operative Council and served as President of the 1987 Co-operative Congress. He was President of the Institute of Meat and Patron of the Ancient Order of Foresters and of the Edmonton Constituency Labour Party. Graham was a supporter of Humanists UK and lived at Loughton. His cousin, Oona King, also became a Labour Member of Parliament.
On 18 December 1986, Graham was the only Peer in the House of Lords to speak against Lord Halsbury's Local Government Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill, which sought to prohibit the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities. This bill subsequently became law as Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, when it was reintroduced by David Wilshire MP in the Commons.
Graham was a first cousin of medical doctor Miriam Stoppard, and a first cousin, once removed, of actor Ed Stoppard, Miriam's son, and politician Oona King, Miriam's niece. He died on 21 March 2020, aged 94.
- "No. 49479". The London Gazette. 15 September 1983. p. 12103.
- Congress Presidents 1869-2002 (PDF), February 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008, retrieved 10 May 2008
- Fortune, Joe. "Lord Ted Graham of Edmonton: Sharing a Memory". The Co-operative Party. The Co-operative Party. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
Memoir - From Tyne To Thames. Published by The Memoir Club
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 & 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Graham
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
| Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords
The Lord Strathclyde
|Party political offices|
| General Secretary of the Co-operative Party
1967 – 1974
The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
| Labour Chief Whip of the House of Lords
The Lord Carter
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