Roy Hattersley

Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley, PC FRSL (born 28 December 1932) is a British Labour politician, author and journalist from Sheffield.[1] He was MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook for over 32 years from 1964 to 1997, and served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992.[1]

British Labour Party politician, author and journalist

The Lord Hattersley

Hattersley in 2012
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
2 October 1983  18 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Denis Healey
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
13 July 1987  25 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Gerald Kaufman
Succeeded by Tony Blair
In office
4 November 1980  31 October 1983
Leader Michael Foot
Preceded by Merlyn Rees
Succeeded by Gerald Kaufman
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
31 October 1983  18 July 1987
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Peter Shore
Succeeded by John Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment
In office
14 July 1979  4 November 1980
Leader James Callaghan
Preceded by Michael Heseltine
Succeeded by Gerald Kaufman
Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection
In office
10 September 1976  4 May 1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by Shirley Williams
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
7 March 1974  10 September 1976

Serving with David Ennals
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Succeeded by David Owen
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science
In office
4 May 1973  5 March 1974
Leader Harold Wilson
Succeeded by Norman St John-Stevas
Minister of Defence for Administration
In office
15 July 1969  19 June 1970
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Gerry Reynolds
Succeeded by Robert Lindsay
Under-Secretary of State for Employment
In office
6 April 1968  15 July 1969
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Sparkbrook
In office
15 October 1964  8 April 1997
Preceded by Leslie Seymour
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Roy Sydney George Hattersley

(1932-12-28) 28 December 1932 (age 88)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Political party Labour

(m. 1956; div. 2013)

Maggie Pearlstine

(m. 2013)

Alma mater University of Hull
Profession Journalist

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Hattersley was born on 28 December 1932 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Enid Brackenbury and Frederick Roy Hattersley (1902–1973;[2] also known by his middle name),[3] who married in the 1950s.[4] His mother was a city councillor, and later served as Lord Mayor of Sheffield (1981). His father, at various times a police officer, clerk at Sheffield town hall, and chairman of the council’s Health Committee,[5][6] was a former Roman Catholic priest,[4] the parish priest at St Joseph’s at Shirebrook in Nottingham,[7] who renounced the church and left the priesthood to cohabit with Hattersley’s mother, Enid, a married woman at whose wedding he had officiated two weeks earlier; Frederick ultimately died an atheist.[8]

Hattersley was a socialist and Labour supporter from his youth, electioneering at the age of 12 for his local MP and city councillors, beginning in 1945. He won a scholarship to Sheffield City Grammar School[9] and went from there to study at the University of Hull. Having been accepted to read English at the University of Leeds,[10] he was diverted into reading Economics at Hull when told by a Sheffield colleague of his mother that it was necessary for a political career.

At university Hattersley joined the Socialist Society (SocSoc) and was one of those responsible for changing its name to the “Labour Club” and affiliating it with the non-aligned International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) rather than the Soviet-backed International Union of Students. Hattersley became chairman of the new club and later treasurer, and he went on to chair the National Association of Labour Student Organisations. He also joined the executive of the IUSY.

After graduating Hattersley worked briefly for a Sheffield steelworks and then for two years with the Workers’ Educational Association. He married his first wife, Molly, who became a headteacher and educational administrator. In 1956 he was elected to the City Council as Labour representative for Crookesmoor and was, very briefly, a JP. On the Council he spent time as chairman of the Public Works Committee and then the Housing Committee.

His aim became a Westminster seat, and he was eventually selected for Labour to stand for election in the Sutton Coldfield constituency but lost to the Conservative Geoffrey Lloyd in 1959. He kept hunting for prospective candidacies, applying for twenty-five seats over three years. In 1963 he was chosen as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the multi-racial Birmingham Sparkbrook constituency (following a well-known local ‘character’, Jack Webster) and facing a Conservative majority of just under 900. On 16 October 1964 he defeated the Conservative candidate, Michael J. Donnelly, and was elected with a majority of 1,254 votes; he was to hold the seat for the next eight general elections.

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