The Lord Carter, PC, who died 18 December, 2006, aged 74, life Baron, combined a successful career as an agricultural businessman with a commitment to the Labour Party that culminated in his piloting the Blair government's constitutional reforms through the Lords as government chief whip.Denis Victor Carter was born 17 January, 1932, son of Albert William Carter, and was educated at the Xaverian College, Brighton; East Sussex Agricultural College; Essex College of Agriculture; & Worcester College, Oxford (BLitt); agricultural consultant and farmer since 1957; founder AKC Ltd (agricultural accounting & management) 1957; partner Drayton Farms since 1975; a Director, W.E. & D.T. Cave Ltd since 1976; Executive producer Link TV (programmes for the disabled); Sgt RASC, in Central Zone Egypt; created Baron Carter, of Devizes, county Wiltshire (for life) 1987; Opposition front bench spokesman on agriculture and rural affairs, 1987-97, also on social security, 1988-90, and health 1989-92; Deputy Chief Opposition Whip, House of Lords 1990-92; Captain, Hon Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (Government Chief Whip in the Lords) 1997-2002.
He married in 1957, Teresa Mary Greengoe, daughter of Cecil William Greengoe. She and their daughter survive him.