Oliver Eden, 8th Baron Henley

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The Lord Henley

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Intellectual Property
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
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Government Whip
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21 November 2016 – 20 June 2017
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In office
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Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour Reduction
In office
16 September 2011 – 4 September 2012
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
11 May 2010 – 16 September 2011
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Succeeded byThe Lord Taylor of Holbeach
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords
In office
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LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byThe Lord Strathclyde
Succeeded byThe Lord Cope of Berkeley
Minister of State for Education and Employment
In office
6 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byAnn Widdecombe
Succeeded byAndrew Smith
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence
In office
20 July 1994 – 6 July 1995
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Succeeded byThe Earl Howe
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment
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16 September 1993 – 20 July 1994
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Succeeded byJames Paice
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security
In office
25 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
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Succeeded byAnn Widdecombe
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
28 February 1978
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byThe 7th Baron Henley
Personal details
Born (1953-11-22) 22 November 1953 (age 65)
Political partyConservative
Alma materCollingwood College, Durham

Oliver Michael Robert Eden, 8th Baron Henley, 6th Baron Northington PC (born 22 November 1953), is a British hereditary peer and politician, who is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. He serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Lord Henley served as a Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, a role in which he succeeded Lady Browning in September 2011 to September 2012.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lord Henley is the eldest son and fourth child of Michael, the seventh Baron, and Nancy Mary Walton. He was educated at Clifton College. He graduated from Collingwood College, Durham University, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1975. He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1977.

Political career[edit]

By right as an hereditary peer[edit]

Lord Henley succeeded to the peerage in 1977 upon the death of his father. An Irish peer, he is able to sit in the House of Lords by virtue of a United Kingdom peerage granted to the 3rd Baron Henley, namely Baron Northington. He was an elected County Councillor for Cumbria from 1986 to 1989. He was also at that time President of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils.

He served as a House of Lords whip under Margaret Thatcher from 1989 to July 1990. He then moved to become a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security, retaining the position when John Major rose to power and serving until 1993. He was then briefly moved to the Department of Employment, when in 1994 he was again fleetingly moved to the Ministry of Defence. In 1995 he was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Education and Employment, serving until the Conservative government lost the 1997 general election.

By election from among hereditary peers[edit]

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Henley along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. He was however elected as one of the 92 hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform. He first served as opposition spokesman for Home Affairs before becoming Opposition Chief Whip in the Lords from 1998 to 2001 and as Opposition spokesman for Justice from 2003 to 2010.

After the 6 May 2010 general election, Lord Henley was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the Cameron Ministry. He was promoted to Minister of State at the Home Office on 16 September 2011, with special responsibility for crime prevention and anti-social behaviour reduction, replacing Baroness Browning who stepped down for health reasons.[2] He was a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights until November 2016. On 21 November 2016, it had been announced that he had been appointed a Lord in Waiting, one of the government whips in the House of Lords.[3] In addition to that role, he was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 21 December 2016.[4]

He was appointed to the Privy Council (PC) in 2013.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Oliver Eden (1953–1962)
  • The Hon. Oliver Eden (1962–1977)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Henley (1977–2013)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Henley PC (2013–)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home Office Announcement appointment of Lord Henley
  2. ^ Number10.gov.uk - New appointments to the House of Lords made by the Queen
  3. ^ "New ministerial appointment: Lord Henley". gov.uk. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street and Office of the Leader of the House of Lords. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Ministerial appointments: 21 December 2016". 10 Downing Street. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords
1998–2001
Succeeded by
The Lord Cope of Berkeley
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Lords
1998–2001
Succeeded by
The Lord Cope of Berkeley
Preceded by
The Baroness Browning
Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour Reduction
2011–2012
Position abolished
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Michael Eden
Baron Henley
1977–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. John Eden
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Eden
Baron Northington
1977–present
Member of the House of Lords
(1978–present)
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. John Eden