Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher
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The Lord Fletcher
|Minister without portfolio|
|Member of Parliament for Islington East|
5 July 1945 – 18 June 1970
|Preceded by||Thelma Cazalet-Keir|
|Succeeded by||John Grant|
Eric George Molyneux Fletcher
26 March 1903
|Died||9 June 1990(aged 87)|
|Alma mater||Radley College|
University of London
Fletcher was the son of a former town clerk of Islington. He studied at Radley College and the University of London and became a solicitor, specialising in international law. He was deputy chairman of the Associated British Picture Corporation.
Fletcher was elected onto the London County Council for Islington South, serving 1934–49. At the 1945 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington East, defeating the Conservative Party feminist MP Thelma Cazalet-Keir. In Harold Wilson's first government, he served from 1964 to 1966 as Minister without Portfolio, House of Commons spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's Department and then Deputy Speaker.
Fletcher served as a member of the Church Assembly of the Church of England in 1962. He was a member of the Senate of the University of London, and a governor of Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics.
Fletcher was a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts from 1966, a trustee of the British Museum between 1968 and 1977, and President of the British Archaeological Association from 1960 to 1963.
Fletcher was a keen amateur historian of legal matter and archaeology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) in 1954, and was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).
- The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Eric Fletcher