Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Baron Radice, PC 1936-2022

 The Lord Radice, PC, a Labour party politician, life peer and author, died 25 August, 2022. He was 85.

Giles Heneage Radice was born 4 October 1936, son of Lawrence Walter Radice, and his wife the former Patricia Heneage, a descendant of the Barons Petre.

. He served as a Member of Parliament [Lab] from 1973 to 2001, and then as a life peer in the House of Lords from 2001 to 2022. Radice first stood for Parliament at Chippenham in 1964 and 1966, but came third each time. He was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Chester-le-Street from a 1973 by-election to 1983 and then North Durham until his retirement in 2001.

Giles Radice served as Education spokesman in the Labour Shadow Cabinet under Neil Kinnock in the 1980s. As chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Radice helped make the monetary policy committee of the Bank of England accountable to both Parliament and the people for its decisions over interest rates. He was a member of the House of Lords European Union Sub-Committee on external affairs until March 2015. A europhile, Radice was one of only five Labour MPs to vote for the Third Reading of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, defying his party Whip, which was to abstain.

He was made a life peer as Baron Radice, of Chester-le-Street in the County of Durham, on 16 July 2001. He announced his intention to retire from the House of Lords on 1 August 2022.

The 8th Baron Petre > Hon Katherine Petre > George Robert Heneage > Edward Fieschi Heneage > Frederick William Heneage > Sir Arthur Pelham Heneage > Patricia Heneage > Giles Radice [d 2022]


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