Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher

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Eric George Molyneux Fletcher, Baron Fletcher, PC (26 March 1903 – 9 June 1990) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Fletcher was the son of a former town clerk of Islington. He studied at Radley College and the University of London and became a solicitor, specialising in international law. He was deputy chairman of the Associated British Picture Corporation.

Fletcher was elected onto the London County Council for Islington South, serving 1934-49. At the 1945 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington East, defeating the Conservative Party feminist MP Thelma Cazalet-Keir. In Harold Wilson's first government, he served from 1964 to 1966 as Minister without Portfolio, House of Commons spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's Department and then Deputy Speaker.

Fletcher also served as a member of the Church Assembly, 1962 and as a member of the Senate of the University of London and governor of Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics. He was knighted in 1964,[1] And appointed to the Privy Council in 1967.

On 9 July 1970, Fletcher was created a life peer as Baron Fletcher, of Islington in Greater London.[2]


Arms of Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher
A Coronet of a Baron
[On a Cap of Maintenance Gules doubled Ermine] a Cubit arms vested Sable the shirt cuff of Bleached Linen the Hand grasping a Rolled Document in bend sinister all proper and an Arrow in bend barb upward Or
Azure two Arrows barbs upwards Or between four Crosses Moline Or
Dexter: a representation of a Saxon Archer of the mid-eleventh century; Sinister: a representation of a Norman Archer, each supporting with the exterior hand a Bow all proper
Labor Ipse Voluptas


  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955. 


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thelma Cazalet-Keir
Member of Parliament for Islington East
Succeeded by
John Grant