Ted Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton

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The Lord Graham of Edmonton

Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords
In office
5 July 1990 – 2 May 1997
LeaderNeil Kinnock
John Smith
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
Tony Blair
Preceded byThe Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
Succeeded byThe Lord Strathclyde
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
14 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJames Callaghan
Preceded byJames Dunn
Succeeded byJohn MacGregor
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
12 September 1983 – 21 March 2020
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byAusten Albu
Succeeded byIan Twinn
Personal details
Thomas Edward Graham

(1925-03-26)26 March 1925
Died21 March 2020(2020-03-21) (aged 94)
Political partyLabour Co-operative

Thomas Edward Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton, PC (26 March 1925 – 21 March 2020) was an English Labour Co-operative politician.


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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Political career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] He died on 21 March 2020, aged 94.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 49479". The London Gazette. 15 September 1983. p. 12103.
  2. ^ Congress Presidents 1869-2002 (PDF), February 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008, retrieved 10 May 2008
  3. ^ https://www.thejc.com/blogs/how-is-it-for-you-1.40433
  4. ^ 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


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Austen Albu
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton

Succeeded by
Ian Twinn
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Party political offices
Preceded by
Harold Campbell
General Secretary of the Co-operative Party
1967 – 1974
Succeeded by
David Wise
Preceded by
The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
Labour Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Lord Carter