The Lord Hoyle
Official portrait of Lord Hoyle crop 2.jpg
Hoyle in 2018
Government Whip
In office
8 May 1997 – 9 April 1999
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Earl of Courtown
Succeeded byThe Lord Burlison
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
In office
18 July 1992 – 1 May 1997
LeaderJohn Smith
Tony Blair
Preceded byStanley Orme
Succeeded byClive Soley
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
14 May 1997
Life peerage
Member of Parliament
for Warrington North
Warrington (1981–1983)
In office
16 July 1981 – 8 April 1997
Preceded byThomas Williams
Succeeded byHelen Jones
Member of Parliament
for Nelson and Colne
In office
10 October 1974 – 7 April 1979
Preceded byDavid Waddington
Succeeded byJohn Lee
Personal details
Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle

(1930-02-17) 17 February 1930 (age 92)
Political partyLabour
ChildrenLindsay Hoyle

Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle, Baron Hoyle JP (born 17 February 1930) is a British politician and life peer who was chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1992 to 1997 and a lord-in-waiting from 1997 to 1999. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Nelson and Colne from 1974 to 1979 and Warrington North from 1981 to 1997.[1][2]

Parliamentary career

House of Commons

Hoyle first stood for Parliament at Clitheroe in 1964, but came second. In 1970, he first fought Nelson and Colne, and was defeated by the Conservative incumbent David Waddington by 1,410 votes. He fought the seat again in February 1974, and reduced Waddington's margin to 177. He was finally elected at the general election of October 1974 for Nelson and Colne by 669 votes; this was the first Labour gain to be announced on election night.

Hoyle narrowly lost his seat at the general election of 1979, but returned to Parliament in 1981 when he saw off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins in a traditionally safe Labour seat. This was a notable by election in Warrington when enthusiasm for the newly created Social Democratic Party was at its peak. Constituency boundaries were redrawn for the general election of 1983, when he became MP for Warrington North.

House of Lords

Hoyle stepped down from the House of Commons at the general election of 1997, and on 14 May 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Hoyle, of Warrington in the County of Cheshire.[3][4][5]

Other interests

Lord Hoyle served as chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club from 1999 to 2009.[6] He has also been a non executive director of the major local employer Debt Free Direct.[7][8] Already having received the Freedom of Gibraltar in 2004, he was awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, in March 2010, for being a 'supporter of Gibraltar and its people'.[9]

He received the Freedom of the Borough of Warrington on 11 November 2005.[10]

In November 2010, Lord Hoyle was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Chester for his 'outstanding contribution to the Borough of Warrington'.[11]


Hoyle's son, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has been Member of Parliament for Chorley since 1997, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 2010 to 2019 and Speaker of the House of Commons since 2019.


  1. ^ "Mr Doug Hoyle". Hansard. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Parliamentary career for Lord Hoyle - MPs and Lords". UK Parliament. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ "No. 54768". The London Gazette. 19 May 1997. p. 5853.
  4. ^ UK Parliament – Alphabetical List of Members Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ *
  6. ^ Murphy, Connor (13 September 2009). "Doug Hoyle steps down as Warrington Wolves chairman". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ Debt Free Direct, FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions | Debt Free Direct Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Debt Free Direct
  9. ^ "Lord Hoyle: Three Decades of Loyalty". Archived from the original on 27 February 2012.
  10. ^ "The Mayor's role and history".
  11. ^ Local heroes honoured
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byDavid Waddington Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne October 19741979 Succeeded byJohn Lee Preceded bySir Thomas Williams Member of Parliament for Warrington 19811983 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Warrington North 19831997 Succeeded byHelen Jones Party political offices Preceded byStanley Orme Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party 1992–1997 Succeeded byClive Soley Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Lord Lloyd-Webber GentlemenThe Lord Hoyle Followed byThe Lord Falconer of Thoroton