Peter Smith, Baron Smith of Leigh

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Peter Richard Charles Smith, Baron Smith of Leigh (born 24 July 1945) is a British Labour politician and Life Peer. He is an economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Peter Smith has been a member of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council since 1978 and was chairman of the finance committee from 1982 to 1991. Since 1991 he has been Leader of the Council.[1] He was created a life peer on 5 August 1999 as Baron Smith of Leigh, of Wigan in the County of Greater Manchester.[2] Since 2005 he has been treasurer of the Rugby League Group and, since 2006, Vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Departmental Committee for Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He is currently the Chairman of Local Government Leadership, a body seeking to develop leadership skills in local government.[3]

As of 2012, Smith is the chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.[4]

He is married with one daughter, the artist Anna F C Smith.


  1. ^ "Lord Smith of Leigh". UK Parliament. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "no. 55577". The London Gazette. 10 August 1999. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Lord Smith of Leigh". Government Accountability and the Civil Service. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Manchester to revive Britain's textile trade with reborn Cottonopolis". Manchester Evening News. 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 

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