The Lord Lee of Newton
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
7 January 1967 – 6 October 1969
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byGeorge Thomson
Succeeded byGeorge Thomson
Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
6 April 1966 – 1 August 1966
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byFrank Pakenham
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of Power
In office
18 October 1964 – 6 April 1966
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byFrederick Erroll
Succeeded byRichard Marsh
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service
In office
2 March 1950 – 25 October 1951
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byNess Edwards
Succeeded byPeter Bennett
Member of Parliament
for Newton
In office
23 February 1950 – 28 February 1974
Preceded byRobert Young
Succeeded byJohn Evans
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Hulme
In office
5 July 1945 – 23 February 1950
Preceded bySir Joseph Nall
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1906-08-03)3 August 1906
Manchester
Died4 February 1984(1984-02-04) (aged 77)
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour

Frederick Lee, Baron Lee of Newton, PC (3 August 1906 – 4 February 1984)[1] was a British Labour Party politician and peer.

Born in Manchester[2] to Joseph and Margaret Lee, he was educated at Langworthy Road School of Engineering. He was Chairman of the Works Committee at Metropolitan-Vickers, Trafford Park, Manchester, and of the National Committee of the Amalgamated Engineering Union from 1944 to 1945. Formerly a Member of Salford City Council, at the 1945 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament for Manchester Hulme.[3]

When that constituency was abolished for the 1950 general election, he was elected for the Newton constituency in Lancashire, and sat for that constituency until retiring from Parliament at the February 1974 general election.[1] In 1960, on the death of Aneurin Bevan, he stood as a left-wing candidate for Labour's Deputy Leadership against George Brown and James Callaghan. After Callaghan had been eliminated, Lee was defeated by Brown by 146 votes to 83.

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1948, and held Ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service from 1950 to 1951, Minister of Power from 1964 to 1966, the last Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1966, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1967 to 1969. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1964, and on his retirement in 1974 was created a life peer on 1 July 1974 as Baron Lee of Newton, of Newton in the County of Merseyside.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b LEE OF NEWTON, Baron, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014
  2. ^ Rosen, Greg (2001) [2001]. Dictionary of Labour Biography (1st ed.). London: Politico's Publishing. p. 352. ISBN 1-902301-18-8.
  3. ^ Craig, F.W.S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 189. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. ^ "No. 46352". The London Gazette. 24 September 1974. p. 7917.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded bySir Joseph Nall, Bt Member of Parliament for Manchester Hulme 1945–1950 Constituency abolished Preceded byRobert Young Member of Parliament for Newton 1950 – February 1974 Succeeded byJohn Evans Political offices Preceded byLord Longford Secretary of State for the Colonies 1966 Succeeded byHerbert Bowdenas Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs Preceded byFrederick Erroll Minister of Power 1964–1966 Succeeded byRichard Marsh Preceded byGeorge Thomson Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1967–1969 Succeeded byGeorge Thomson