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PRENTICE, Reginald Ernest (1923-2001), Baron Prentice; politician

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 PRENTICE
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: PRENTICE, Reginald Ernest (1923-2001), Baron Prentice; politician
Date(s): c1946-2000
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 15 boxes
Name of creator(s): Prentice | Reginald Ernest | 1923-2001 | Baron Prentice | politician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Educated at Whitgift School; London School of Economics (BSc (Econ). Temporary Civil Servant, 1940-1942; RA, 1942-1946; commissioned 1943; served in Italy and Austria, 1944-1946. Student at LSE, 1946-1949; Member, staff of Transport and General Workers' Union, Assistant to Legal Secretary; in charge of Union's Advice and Service Bureau, 1950-1957. Labour MP: East Ham N, May 1957-1974, Newham NE, 1974-October 1977; Conservative MP: Newham NE, October 1977-1979; Daventry, 1979-1987; Minister of State, Department of Education and Science, 1964-1966; Minister of Public Building and Works, 1966-1967; Minister of Overseas Development, 1967-1969; Opposition Spokesman on Employment, 1972-1974; Section of State for Education and Science, 1974-1975; Minister for Overseas Development, 1975-1976; Minister of State (Minister for Social Security), DHSS, 1979-1981. Executive Member Committee, National Union of Cons. Assocs, 1988-1990. Alderman, GLC, 1970-1971. JP County Borough of Croydon, 1961-1964.

His publications include: Right Turn (1978).


Scope and content/abstract:

Political papers and correspondence regarding Reginald Prentice's de-selection by his Newham North East constituency, the 1976 Labour Party conference on Blackpool, his defection to the Conservative Party and general political activities.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Section 1: London School of Economics and Political Science;
Section 2: Labour Party papers;
Section 3: Newham North East Constituency papers;
Section 4: Conservative Party papers;
Section 5: Retirement;
Section 6: Biographical works;
Section 7: Photographs;
Section 8: Personal papers

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the family.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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