Robin Hodgson, Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
7 June 2000
|Member of Parliament|
for Walsall North
4 November 1976 – 7 April 1979
|Preceded by||John Stonehouse|
|Succeeded by||David Winnick|
|Born||25 April 1942 (age 77)|
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
|Spouse(s)||The Baroness Hodgson of Abinger|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Early life and education
Hodgson was born in 1942 in Leamington Spa and was educated at the independent, fee-paying Shrewsbury School. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1964 and attained an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance in 1969.
Hodgson ran as a Conservative in both the February and October 1974 general elections, in which he unsuccessfully contested the strong Labour seat of Walsall North. But in a 1976 by-election caused by incumbent John Stonehouse's imprisonment, Hodgson managed to overturn the large Labour majority to become the Member of Parliament.
However, in the 1979 general election, he could not hold the seat against the Labour candidate David Winnick, despite achieving an 11% swing. The seat was then held by Labour until 2017, when it was won back by the Conservatives' Eddie Hughes.
In 1981, he was selected as candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Stratford-upon-Avon, but resigned his candidature in 1982 for undisclosed personal reasons, and never returned to the Commons.
He served as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative Associations from 1996 until 1998, and as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention from 1998 until 2000.
He was created a life peer, as Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, of Nash in the County of Shropshire, on 7 June 2000. In November 2011, Hodgson was appointed by David Cameron's government to perform a wholesale review of the Charities Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011, which was published in 2012. He is an ambassador for the volunteering network, REACH.
In 1982, Hodgson married Fiona Ferelith Allom, who was created Baroness Hodgson of Abinger in 2013.
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- Parliamentary biography
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- Fennell, Edward. Charity begins at home, if you let it The Times , 19 Apr 2012
- "Who we are". Reach Volunteering.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons 1979
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robin Hodgson
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|| Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
Himself as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention
Himself as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
| Chairman of the National Conservative Convention
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