John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford

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The Lord Lee of Trafford

Official portrait of Lord Lee of Trafford crop 2.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
26 May 2006
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Pendle
In office
9 June 1983 – 16 March 1992
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byGordon Prentice
Member of Parliament
for Nelson and Colne
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byDoug Hoyle
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1942-06-21) 21 June 1942 (age 77)
Manchester, United Kingdom
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Conservative (1974–2001)

John Robert Louis Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford, DL,[1] (born 21 June 1942) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was previously a Conservative MP for 13 years.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In October 1974, he contested Manchester Moss Side, but was beaten by Labour's Frank Hatton. He was Conservative MP for Nelson and Colne from 1979 to 1983, and then for Pendle from 1983, until he lost his seat in 1992, to Gordon Prentice from Labour.

From 1983 to 1986, he served as junior minister for Defence Procurement, and then for Employment from 1986 to 1989, being Minister for Tourism from 1987 to 1989. In 1999, he became a non executive director, and a member of the board of the Emerson Group.[2]

After politics[edit]

He has been chairman of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the major trade body, since 1990. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, and was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1998. He was previously chairman of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and the council of the National Youth Agency.

He was formerly a member of the English Tourist Board, and vice chairman of the North West Conciliation Committee of the Race Relations Board.

House of Lords[edit]

In May 2001, he left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats, and was made a life peer as Baron Lee of Trafford, of Bowden in the County of Cheshire, on 26 May 2006.[3] From 2007 to 2012, he served as a Whip for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. In February 2012, he vowed to resign, in protest of the House of Lords Reform Bill making its way into the Queen's Speech.[4]

In December 2013, he released his "financial autobiography" How to Make a Million – Slowly: Guiding Principles From a Lifetime Investing.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Richmond, south west London[6] and is deputy chair of the Museum of Richmond.[7]


Coat of arms of John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford
Coronet of a Baron
On a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules a Male Griffin sejant erect Sable beaked forelegged and rayed Or supporting a Staff also Or attached thereto a triangular Pennon Argent
Paly of six Gules and Sable on a Bend wavy Argent three Bulls' Heads caboshed per pale Sable and Gules armed Or
On either side a Salmon Argent enfiling an Ancient Crown Or
A career in banking and accountancy before turning to politics is reflected in the black and red pales for credit and debit, the bulls' heads representing the bull market on the Stock Exchange. The gryphon is associated with treasure, in particular gold; and the grantee's interests in golf and fly fishing feature in the Crest, Supporters and Badge.


  1. ^ "Lord Lee of Trafford". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Emerson Group Company Profile" (PDF). Emerson Group. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  3. ^ "No. 57997". The London Gazette. 1 June 2006. p. 7521.
  4. ^ "Liberal Democrat peers split on Lords reform". 25 February 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Every Investor". Every Investor. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Lord Lee: The Careful Investor". Peer2Peer Finance News. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Patrons, trustees and staff". Museum of Richmond. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1992
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Doug Hoyle
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Pendle
Succeeded by
Gordon Prentice