Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher

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The Lord Fletcher
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Minister without portfolio
In office
LeaderHarold Wilson
Member of Parliament for Islington East
In office
5 July 1945 – 18 June 1970
Preceded byThelma Cazalet-Keir
Succeeded byJohn Grant
Personal details
Eric George Molyneux Fletcher

(1903-03-26)26 March 1903
Died9 June 1990(1990-06-09) (aged 87)
Political partyLabour
Alma materRadley College
University of London

Eric George Molyneux Fletcher, Baron Fletcher, Kt, PC, FSA, FRHistS (26 March 1903 – 9 June 1990) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Political life[edit]

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 was knighted in 1964,[1] and appointed to the Privy Council in 1967. On 9 July 1970, he was created a life peer as Baron Fletcher, of Islington in Greater London.[2]

Other work[edit]

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.[3]

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).[3]


Coat of arms of Eric Fletcher, Baron Fletcher
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A Coronet of a Baron
[On a Cap of Maintenance Gules doubled Ermine] a Cubit arms vested Sable the shirt cuff of Bleached Linen the Hand grasping a Rolled Document in bend sinister all proper and an Arrow in bend barb upward Or
Azure two Arrows barbs upwards Or between four Crosses Moline Or
Dexter: a representation of a Saxon Archer of the mid-eleventh century; Sinister: a representation of a Norman Archer, each supporting with the exterior hand a Bow all proper
Labor Ipse Voluptas


  1. ^ "No. 43501". The London Gazette. 27 November 1964. p. 10115.
  2. ^ "No. 45147". The London Gazette. 10 July 1970. p. 7673.
  3. ^ a b "Fletcher, Baron, (Eric George Molyneux Fletcher)". Who Was Who. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U164205. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Islington East
Succeeded by