Nigel Spearing

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Nigel John Spearing
Member of Parliament
for Newham South
In office
23 May 1974 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Elwyn Jones
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Acton
In office
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Kenneth Baker
Succeeded by Sir George Young, Bt
Personal details
Born (1930-10-08)8 October 1930
Hammersmith, United Kingdom
Died 8 January 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 86)
Political party Labour
Alma mater St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Nigel John Spearing (8 October 1930 – 8 January 2017) was a British Labour Party politician.[1]

Nigel Spearing was born in Hammersmith, London, and educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. After graduating in 1956, he worked as a tutor and teacher, firstly at Wandsworth School (1956–68) and then at Elliot School, Putney (1969–70). After coming second in Warwick and Leamington in 1964, Spearing was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Acton at the 1970 general election. At the February 1974 general election, he was defeated in his bid for re-election by the Conservative Party candidate George Young by 1,300 votes.

Spearing then returned to parliament a few weeks later after winning the Newham South by-election (caused by the constituency's MP, Elwyn Jones, being made a life peer in order to take on the role of Lord Chancellor) with a majority of 9,321. This was the only by-election held in the February–October 1974 Parliament. Spearing was then re-elected at the October 1974 general election, and held the Newham South seat until 1997, when he was deselected in favour of Jim Fitzpatrick.

Spearing was opposed to British membership of the European Economic Community.[2]


  1. ^ Ranson, Jacob. "Tributes paid to former Newham MP Nigel Spearing". Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "HC Stmnt: [Brussels European Council] - Margaret Thatcher Foundation". Retrieved 16 January 2017. 


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1992 and 1997 editions.

Personal Papers[edit]

Spearing's personal papers are held in the Archives of the Institute of Education.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kenneth Baker
Member of Parliament for Acton
1970Feb 1974
Succeeded by
Sir George Young, Bt
Preceded by
Elwyn Jones
Member of Parliament for Newham South
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)