David Renton MP & Dr David Pitt

David Renton MP & Dr David Pitt
  • Title: Letter to David Renton MP from Dr David Pitt (CARD)

  • Date : 1968

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives, DR/205

  • Description :
    The social significance of the 1968 Race Relations Act was highlighted by the intense lobbying of outside institutions and pressure groups seeking to influence its final draft. David Renton, was Conservative MP for Huntingdon, he had voted against the bill going to Committee stage in April 1968. However, Renton, a post-war National Liberal, attracted the attentions of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (C.A.R.D.) who were chaired by activist, Dr David Pitt. They wrote to him to support possible amendments they wished to have drafted. The letter referred to Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, though Renton and Powell were aligned to the same party their views were categorically different. C.A.R.D would be a short-lived organisation, but its chairman would become a hugely influential figure and was granted a life peerage by Harold Wilson in 1975, becoming Baron Pitt of Hampstead. His fellow cricket fanatic, Renton would also join the Upper House and have a Parliamentary career that lasted sixty years.

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