Spencer Le Marchant
|Sir Spencer Le Marchant|
|Comptroller of the Household|
7 May 1979 – 30 September 1981
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||James Hamilton|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Berry|
Le Marchant contested the London safe seat occupied by the Labour Party's George Strauss since its 1950 creation, Vauxhall, at the 1966 general election. He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for High Peak at the 1970 general election, and held the seat until he retired from Parliament at the 1983 general election. He was appointed Comptroller of the Household when Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979.
Le Marchant received note in Thatcher's memoirs as "famous for his intake of champagne", 6 foot and 6 inches tall, and "could be heard booming out the result" when the then Labour government lost a motion of confidence by one vote, causing the 1979 general election.
- Brown, Michael (29 January 2006). "They take risks - and how! - which is why we need our gay MPs and their scandals". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 and 1979
- Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years (1993)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Who's Who 1987
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Spencer Le Marchant
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for High Peak
|Comptroller of the Household
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