Deaths announced of two Members of the Lords

04 January 2011

The deaths of Lord Windlesham and Lord Strabolgi (pictured above) have been announced

Lord Windlesham

The Conservative life Peer, Lord Windlesham died on 21 December, aged 76.

Lord Windlesham entered the House of Lords as a hereditary Peer in 1962. An established television executive, Lord Windlesham was elected councillor for Westminster City Council in 1958 and in 1962 stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Tottenham, north London.

He was Minister of State at the Home Office from 1970-72 and Minister of State at the Home Office at the Northern Ireland Office from 1972-73.

In June 1973 Lord Windlesham was appointed Leader of the House of Lords, becoming the youngest holder of that office since 1790.

Lord Windlesham was created a life Peer in 1999 when the composition of the membership of the Lords was reformed by the House of Lords Act.

Lord Strabolgi

Hereditary Labour Peer, Lord Strabolgi died on 24 December, aged 96.

Lord Strabolgi was Member of the Lords for more than 50 years, having entered the House in 1954.

He held a number of government and parliamentary offices, including Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords 1969-70; Opposition Whip 1970-74; Deputy Chief Whip and government spokesman on agriculture and energy 1974-79; Opposition frontbench spokesperson for the arts 1979-85; Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees 1986-2001. His committee work included membership of the Joint Committee on Consolidation of Bills, Select Committee for Privileges, Private Bills Committee, Ecclesiastical Joint Committee and Select Committee on Procedure. Lord Strabolgi also served as an additional Lord in Waiting from 1998.

A trained artist, Lord Strabolgi remained active in arts and culture. He was vice-president of the Byron Society and a life member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lord Strabolgi was elected a hereditary Peer in 1999 when the composition of the membership of the Lords was reformed by the House of Lords Act.

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