Eric Ollerenshaw

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Eric Ollerenshaw
Eric 1.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Lancaster and Fleetwood
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Cat Smith
Leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group
In office
Preceded by Bob Neill
Succeeded by Angie Bray
Member of the London Assembly
for the Conservative Party (London-wide)
In office
4 May 2000 – 1 May 2004
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Andrew Boff
Personal details
Born (1950-03-26) 26 March 1950 (age 65)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater London School of Economics

Eric Ollerenshaw OBE (born 26 March 1950) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lancaster and Fleetwood from 2010 to 2015.

He was born and grew up in Lancashire and was educated at Hyde County Grammar School[1] and the London School of Economics where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1971.[2] He has previously been an elected member of the London Assembly and head of the Cities and Diversity section of the Conservative Party at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.[3]

Teaching career[edit]

Before moving into politics, Ollerenshaw was a full-time teacher of History. He taught in three comprehensive schools - two of which were social priority schools - and in 1986 gained his first elected position on the Inner London Education Authority. After rising to lead the Conservative group on the Authority in 1988, he worked with the Government and the Boroughs to abolish the Authority in 1990.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In 1990, he was awarded his OBE for Public and Political Service. The same year he was elected to the London Borough of Hackney representing Springfield as one of its three Conservative councillors. In 1992 he stood as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Heywood and Middleton.[4]

In 1998, he rose to lead the Conservative group on Hackney London Borough Council when Joe Lobenstein, the previous leader of the group, became mayor of Hackney. His involvement with Councillor Isaac Leibowitz, who was later convicted of electoral fraud,[5] was mentioned in an Early Day Motion from the Labour MP for Hackney, Brian Sedgemore calling for him to be divested of his OBE.[6]

Between 2000 and 2001, he was the joint leader of Hackney Council with Labour's Jules Pipe during Hackney's most troubled period.

In 2000, Ollerenshaw was elected as a member of the Greater London Authority and in 2002 rose to become the Conservative Group Leader. He was elected Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood at the 2010 general election with a majority of 333 votes.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In March 2007 he was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood, which he won in the General Election held on 6 May 2010, and now lives in Lancaster.[7] In September 2010 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Baroness Warsi. Ollerenshaw campaigned on the NO side during the lead up to the 2011 Referendum on the Alternative Vote. Ollerenshaw is considered one of the most loyal in his party.[citation needed] In the 2015 General Election Ollerenshaw lost to Labour's Cat Smith with 1,265 votes.[8]

Eric Ollerenshaw with Lancaster Councillor Susie Charles

Personal life[edit]

Ollerenshaw is openly gay.[9][10] His partner of 36 years, Michael Donoghue, died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.[11]


  1. ^ Biography from the Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen
  2. ^ "LSE Alumni Association". 
  3. ^ Bio at Lancaster and Fleetwood Conservatives website accessed 31 January 2008
  4. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Early Day Motion listing Eric Ollerenshaw
  7. ^ "Eric Ollerenshaw Bio". 
  8. ^ General, Election. Lancaster Guardian. Lancaster Guardian Retrieved 8 May 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Gay councillor loses Hackney seat". Pink News. May 5, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Elected LGBT Conservatives". LGBTory. 
  11. ^

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Succeeded by
Catherine Smith