George Shepherd, 1st Baron Shepherd

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George Robert Shepherd, 1st Baron Shepherd and his wife, Ada

George Robert Shepherd, 1st Baron Shepherd PC (19 August 1881 – 4 December 1954), was a British Labour politician.

Early life[edit]

Shepherd was the son of George Robert Shepherd, a tailor of Spalding, Lincolnshire. He did not serve in the First World War as a conscientious objector.


After the war he was Assistant National Agent for the Labour Party from 1924 to 1929 and National Agent from 1929 to 1946. This meant he was in charge of the Labour Party agents nationwide at the landslide election victory which brought Clement Attlee to No. 10. Prior to this he was Political Agent for the Labour Party (UK) for Dundee initially and then Blackburn.The Member of parliament for Blackburn was the senior Labour Party politician Sir Stafford Cripps, a post war Chancellor of the Exchequer and this position must have been important to his career in The Labour Party. When Sir Winston Churchill requested that Clement Attlee and the Labour Party enter into a wartime coalition, he negotiated the terms of the coalition agreement with George Shepherd.

House of Lords[edit]

On 28 June 1946 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Shepherd, of Spalding in the County of Lincoln,[1] becoming one of the few Labour peers in the House of Lords. Shepherd then served in the Labour administration of Clement Attlee as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip) from 1948 to 1949, as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords) in 1949 and as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (Chief Whip in the House of Lords) from 1949 to 1951. The latter year he was also sworn of the Privy Council.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1915 he married Ada Newton. She was an active trade unionist and campaigner for women's rights who was supported by the Quaker families of Cadbury, Fry and Rowntree in fighting for a living wage for women. They had a son and a daughter, Margaret who died in 2015.

Lord Shepherd died in December 1954, aged 73, and was succeeded in the barony by his only son Malcolm, who also became a prominent Labour politician and held many of the same offices as George Shepherd.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1881–1946: Mr George Shepherd
  • 1946–1951: The Rt Hon. The Lord Shepherd
  • 1951–1954: The Rt Hon. The Lord Shepherd PC
Party political offices
Preceded by
Egerton P. Wake
Labour Party National Agent
1929 – 1946
Succeeded by
Richard T. Windle
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Walkden
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Lord Lucas of Chilworth
Preceded by
The Lord Ammon
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Succeeded by
The Earl Fortescue
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Shepherd
Succeeded by
Malcolm Newton Shepherd


  1. ^ "No. 37637". The London Gazette. 2 July 1946. p. 3394. 
  2. ^ "No. 39396". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 November 1951. p. 6235.