Thomas Ponsonby, 3rd Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede

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Thomas Arthur Ponsonby, 3rd Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede (23 October 1930 – 13 June 1990) was a British Labour Party politician.

He succeeded to his title on the death of his father in 1976.

He served in London local government for 20 years, firstly as a council member of the Kensington and Chelsea council from 1956 to 1965 and then as an Alderman from 1964 to 1974. He then became an Alderman of Greater London Council from 1970 to 1977 and was elected Chairman of the Council from 1976 to 1977.

He was elected Labour Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 1982, defeating Lord Strabolgi. He served as Opposition Chief Whip until his death in 1990.

He was a Governor of the London School of Economics from 1970 to 1990. He was also an active member of the Fabian Society, serving for a time as its general secretary.[1]

He had married twice: firstly Ursula Mary Fox-Pitt, the daughter of Cdr Thomas Stanley Lane Fox-Pitt of Devon, with whom he had a son and three daughters, and secondly Maureen Estelle Campbell-Teich, the widow of Dr Paul Campbell-Teich of Geneva, Switzerland. He was succeeded by his son, Frederick Ponsonby, 4th Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede.[2]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Shirley Williams
General Secretary of the Fabian Society
Succeeded by
Dianne Hayter
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Matthew Ponsonby
Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede
Succeeded by
Frederick Ponsonby