Reginald Fletcher, 1st Baron Winster

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The Lord Winster

Lord Winster.jpg
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
4 August 1945 – 4 October 1946
MonarchGeorge VI
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byThe Viscount Swinton
Succeeded byThe Lord Nathan
Governor of Cyprus
In office
24 October 1946 – 4 August 1949
MonarchGeorge VI
Preceded byCharles Campbell Woolley
Succeeded bySir Andrew Barkworth Wright
Personal details
Born27 March 1885
Died7 June 1961
Uckfield, Sussex
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour

Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher, 1st Baron Winster, KCMG, PC (27 March 1885 – 7 June 1961) was a British Liberal then Labour politician. He was Minister of Civil Aviation under Clement Attlee between 1945 and 1946 and Governor of Cyprus between 1946 and 1949.

Political career[edit]

Following service during the First World War as a Royal Navy officer Fletcher was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Basingstoke in 1923 by 348 votes but lost the seat in 1924.[1] In 1935 he was elected as Labour MP for Nuneaton.[2] He was raised to the peerage as Baron Winster, of Witherslack in the County of Westmorland,[3] in 1942 and made a Privy Counsellor in 1945. From 1945 to 1946 he was Minister of Civil Aviation in the government of Clement Attlee. The latter year he was appointed Governor of Cyprus, a position he held until 1949.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Winster died in 1961 at the age of 76 in the Uckfield Rural District, Sussex. The peerage became extinct on his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Baillieston to Beckenham
  2. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Northampton North to Nuneaton
  3. ^ "No. 35446". The London Gazette. 6 February 1942. p. 609.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Richard Holbrook
Member of Parliament for Basingstoke
19231924
Succeeded by
Arthur Richard Holbrook
Preceded by
Edward North
Member of Parliament for Nuneaton
19351942
Succeeded by
Frank Bowles
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Swinton
Minister of Civil Aviation
1945–1946
Succeeded by
The Lord Nathan
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Campbell Woolley
Governor of Cyprus
1945–1946
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Barkworth Wright
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Winster
1942–1961
Extinct