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Lord Eric Graham VARLEY

Member of the House of Lords

Lord Eric Graham VARLEY, Member of the House of Lords. Fellow, Nuffield College, 1977-1981.


VARLEY, Lord Eric Graham was born on August 11, 1932. Parents: Frank Varley and Eva Varley (née Marjorie Varley).


Ruskin College, Oxford.


Member of Parliament, Chesterfield, 1964-1984. Assistant Government Whip, 1967-1968. Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 19681969.

Minister of State at the Ministry of Technology, 1969-1970. Chairman, Trade Union Group of Labour MPs, 1971-1974. Secretary of State for Energy, 1974-1975.

Secretary of State for Industry, 1975-1979. Shadow Spokesman on Employment, 1979-1983. Treasurer of the Labour Party, 1981-1983.

Apprentice engineer, 1947-1952. Mining industry craftsman, 1955-1964. Branch secretary, 1955-1964, member.

Area Executive Committee, Derbyshire, 1956-1964, National Union of Mineworkers. Chairman, Chief Executive, Coalite Group, since 1984. N. and E. Midlands Regional Director, Lloyds Bank Group.


  • Engineering and Economic Progress, 1965. Industry and Government, 1970. Human Engineering, 1970.

    Ten Year Stint, 1972.


Governor, Queen Elizabeth Training College, for the Disabled, 1951-1980. Chairman. Foundation on Automation and Employment, 1962. Member, National Economic Development Council, 1962-1971.

President, Advertising Associate, 1963-1968. Member, 1964-1979. Deputy Chairman, 1964-1970, Chairman, 1970-1979, Council of Manchester Business School. Member, Ct. of Governors, London School of Economics, 1965.

Chairman, Board of Governors, Guy’s Hospital, 19651974. Member. Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers Assocs, 1968. Councillor, University of Surrey, 1966-1967.

Chairman, Jt Steering Cltee. for Malta, 1967. Chairman, Jt Economic Mission to Malta, 1967. Chairman, Committee on Safety and Health of people at their place of work, 1972.

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, 1973-1976. Chairman, Guy’S Hospital Medical and Dental School. 1974-1982; clubs: reading, gardening, music, sport.


Spouse Eva Robens (née Turner), 1955. Children: one s.