Thursday, June 17, 2021

The 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley 1938-2021

 _.The 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, who died 16 June, 2021, aged 83, was a Crossbench member of te House of Lords, and a grandson of the prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin was born 3 January, 1938, a son of the 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley [1904-76], and his wife the former Joan Elspeth Tomes [died 1980], and succeeded to the earldom of Baldwin of Bewdley and the Viscountcy of Corvedale on his father's death, 5 July, 1976.

Lord Baldwin was elected a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 1999, and retired from the Upper house in May, 2018. His grandfather, Stanley Baldwin, created a peer in 1937, was prime minister 1923-24, 1924-29, and 1935-37.

The 4th Earl was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied modern languages and law. Before entering Trinity, he served from 1956 until 1958 as a second lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. Between 1970 and 1987 he served in a variety of education positions, initially as a school teacher (teaching German and French) and latterly as Area Education Officer for Oxfordshire from 1980 to 1987. On the death of his father in July, 1976, Baldwin became a member of the House of Lords and was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers who remained after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. While in the House of Lords, he was Joint Chairman of Parliamentary Group for Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 1992 and was a member of the Select Committee of Inquiry into Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 1999 to 2000. He sat as a crossbencher until retiring under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 in May 2018.

Lord Baldwin married firstly, in 1970, Sarah MacMurray James [who died in 2001], daughter of Evan Maitland James [1911-2008], of Upwood Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, by whom he had three sons, Benedict, James and Mark. The eldest son, Benedict Alexander Stanley Baldwin, styled Viscount Corvedale, born 28 December, 1973, now succeeds as 5th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

Lord Baldwin married secondly, in 2015, Lydia Segrave [born 1945], the sculptress, widow of the economist Ian Malcolm David Little, CBE [1918-2012], and former wife of Ben Lenthael, and daughter of James Edmund Segrave, and his wife the former Desiree Munro.


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