Terence Boston, Baron Boston of Faversham

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lord Boston of Faversham

Terence George Boston, Baron Boston of Faversham, QC (21 March 1930 – 23 July 2011)[1][2] was a British Labour Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Boston was born on 21 March 1930, the son of George Boston and his wife Kate Boston (née Bellati).[3] He was educated at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London.[3] On 4 October 1951, as part of National Service, he was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot officer. He was given the service number 2501206.[4] He then began studying at King's College London where he joined the University Air Squadron,[3] and transferred to the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, on 3 October 1952.[5] He was promoted to flying officer on 6 April 1954.[6] He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1954. He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1960.[7] He was promoted to flight lieutenant on 6 April 1960.[8]

Political career[edit]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Faversham at a by-election on 14 May 1964, following the death of the Labour MP Percy Wells. He was re-elected at the general election in October 1964 and again in 1966, but was defeated at the 1970 general election by the Conservative Roger Moate.[9]

Announced in the 1976 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours, Boston was created a life peer as Baron Boston of Faversham, of Faversham in the County of Kent on 1 July 1976.[10] He served as a deputy speaker of the House of Lords 1991–2008 and twice served as Chairman of Committees, 1994–1997 and 1997–2000.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1963, Boston married Margaret Head.[12] They did not have any children.[13]

He was a Patron of the African Prisons Project, an international non-governmental organisation with a mission improve the welfare of prisoners through education, health and justice.[7]

From 1980 to 1990, Boston was Chairman of TVS, the ITV franchise holder for South and South-East England from 1982 until 1992.[14]


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "F"". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Lord Boston of Faversham". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "BOSTON OF FAVERSHAM". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2011. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39376. p. 5783. 2 November 1951. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39758. p. 485. 20 January 1953. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40144. p. 2198. 9 April 1954. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  7. ^ a b "Our Patrons". African Prisons Project. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42187. p. 7554. 4 November 1960. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  9. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46954. p. 9295. 6 July 1976.
  11. ^ "House of Lords, Official Website - Death of Lord Boston of Faversham announced". Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Michael, Leapman (8 August 2011). "Lord Boston of Faversham: Politician, barrister and journalist who served as Speaker of the House of Lords and helped launch TVS". The Independent. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lord Boston of Faversham". The Telegraph. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/politics-obituaries/8729625/Lord-Boston-of-Faversham.html Retrieved 3 May 2015


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Percy Wells
Member of Parliament for Faversham
Succeeded by
Sir Roger Moate