Roland Moyle

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Roland Dunstan Moyle (born 12 March 1928) is a British Labour politician.

Moyle's father, Arthur Moyle, became a Labour Member of Parliament and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Clement Attlee. Roland Moyle was educated in Bexleyheath and Llanidloes, and at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he chaired the Labour Club in 1953.

He became a barrister, called to the bar by Gray's Inn in 1954. He was an industrial relations consultant and worked as secretary of the National Joint Industrial Council to the Gas Industry, and National Joint Council in Gas Staffs from 1956 and the sister body in the electrical industry from 1965. He served as a councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich from 1964 and was president of Greenwich Labour Party.

Moyle was elected Member of Parliament for Lewisham North in 1966, and after boundary changes, for Lewisham East in 1974. After a spell as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, he was Minister of State for Northern Ireland from 1974 to 1976, and Minister of Health from 1976 to 1979. Privy counsellor 1978.

In Labour's landslide general election defeat of 1983, Moyle lost his seat to the Conservative Colin Moynihan.

Moyle then became deputy chairman police complaints authority 1985 to 1991.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Christopher Chataway
Member of Parliament for Lewisham North
1966February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Lewisham East
February 19741983
Succeeded by
Colin Moynihan