Born in Nottingham, Lester first stood for Parliament in a by-election at Bassetlaw in 1968, when he almost overturned a 10,428 Labour majority, failing to beat Joe Ashton by only 740 votes. He contested the seat again at the 1970 General Election, but Ashton stretched his advantage to 8,261.
He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Beeston between February 1974 and 1983, then for Broxtowe until the 1997 election, when he lost his seat to Labour. During his time in the House of Commons, he served as a party whip and a junior employment minister.
- "Preview family record - Lester". Burkes peerage and gentry. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
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