Peter Kingsley Archer, Baron Archer of Sandwell, PC (1926 - 2012) MP

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Birthplace: Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Reading, Berkshire, England
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Peter Kingsley Archer, Baron Archer of Sandwell, PC

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Born Peter Kingsley Archer (1926-11-20)20 November 1926 Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England[1] Died 14 June 2012(2012-06-14) (aged 85) Reading, England Nationality British Political party Labour (20 November 1926 – 14 June 2012) was a Labour Party member of the House of Lords.

Before his elevation to the Lords, Archer was the Member of Parliament for Rowley Regis and Tipton and for Warley West, being first elected in the 1966 general election; he represented the later seat from February 1974 after boundary changes.[1] He left the House of Commons at the 1992 general election.[2]

He held the post of Solicitor General from 7 March 1974 to 4 May 1979 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1983 to 1987. After that he received a life peerage as Baron Archer of Sandwell, of Sandwell in the County of West Midlands in 1992.[3] In 1998 he successfully proposed an amendment to the Crime and Disorder Bill which abolished the death penalty for treason and piracy with violence.

He was Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for World Governance, [1] and President of the One World Trust, of the World Disarmament Campaign, and of the Fabian Society. [2]

Lord Archer also chaired the Enemy Property Claims Assessment panel which as of 29 December 2007 had paid out more than £21m - 10 times its budget - to individuals claiming back funds which had been frozen by the British government during the Second World War. The panel revealed that, in all, 400 claims had been successful, indicating that the average payout had been in the region of £50,000.

He died on 14 June 2012.[1] He was married to Margaret Smith from 1954 until his death. The couple had one son, born in 1962, and one grandson.


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^ a b c "Daily Telegraph Obituary- Lord Archer of Sandwell". Retrieved 14 June 2012. ^ ^ London Gazette: no. 52990. p. 11831. 14 July 1992. Retrieved 2009-05-24.

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Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005 Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard Voting record at Record in Parliament at Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record Profile at BBC News Democracy Live Parliament of the United Kingdom

Preceded by

Arthur Henderson Member of Parliament for Rowley Regis and Tipton 1966–Feb 1974 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Warley West Feb 1974–1992 Succeeded by John Spellar

Legal offices Preceded by Sir Michael Havers Solicitor General for England and Wales 1974–1979 Succeeded by Sir Ian Percival Political offices Preceded by Don Concannon Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1983–1987 Succeeded by Kevin McNamara

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November 20, 1926
Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
June 14, 2012
Age 85
Reading, Berkshire, England