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Doug Hoyle

The Lord Hoyle

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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 Parliament
for Warrington North
Warrington (1981-1983)
In office
16 July 1981 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byThomas Williams
Succeeded byHelen Jones
Member of Parliament
for Nelson and Colne
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded byDavid Waddington
Succeeded byJohn Lee
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
14 May 1997
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1930-02-17) 17 February 1930 (age 89)
Political partyLabour
RelationsLindsay Hoyle (Son)

Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle, Baron Hoyle, JP (born 17 February 1930) is a British Labour politician and former Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne and Warrington North.

Parliamentary career

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 traditional safe Labour seat, in 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.

House of Lords

Hoyle stepped down 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.[1][2][3]

Other interests

Lord Hoyle served as chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club from 1999 to 2009.[4] He has also been a non executive director of the major local employer Debt Free Direct.[5][6] 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'.[7]

He received the Freedom of the Borough of Warrington on 11 November 2005.[8]

In November 2010, Lord Hoyle was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Chester for his 'outstanding contribution to the Borough of Warrington'.[9]


His son, Lindsay Hoyle, is the Member of Parliament for Chorley (Labour) and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Styles of address

  • 1930–1958: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle
  • 1958–1974: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1974–1979: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP MP
  • 1979–1981: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1981–1997: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP MP
  • 1997: Mr E. Douglas H. Hoyle JP
  • 1997–: The Right Honourable The Lord Hoyle JP


  1. ^ "No. 54768". The London Gazette. 19 May 1997. p. 5853.
  2. ^ UK Parliament – Alphabetical List of Members Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ *
  4. ^ Murphy, Connor (13 September 2009). "Doug Hoyle steps down as Warrington Wolves chairman". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ Debt Free Direct, FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions | Debt Free Direct Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Debt Free Direct
  7. ^ "Lord Hoyle: Three Decades of Loyalty". Archived from the original on 27 February 2012.
  8. ^ "The Mayor's role and history".
  9. ^ Local heroes honoured

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Waddington
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
October 19741979
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Williams
Member of Parliament for Warrington
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warrington North
Succeeded by
Helen Jones
Party political offices
Preceded by
Stanley Orme
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Succeeded by
Clive Soley
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Lloyd-Webber
Baron Hoyle
Followed by
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton