Roy Hattersley
Home Secretary
In office:

1987 - 1991

Preceded by: Shirley Williams
Succeded by: Unknown 
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office:

1983 - 1987

Preceded by: Peter Shore
Succeded by: John Smith
Employment Secretary
In office:

1982 - 1983

Preceded by:

James Prior

Succeded by:

John  Smith


December 28 1932, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Died -
Nationality: British
Political party: Labour

Molly Hattersley (1956 - 2013)

Children: None 
Alma mater:

University of Hull

Occupation: Politician, Journalist
Religion: Agnostic

Roy Hattersley is a british labour party politician who held numerous senior cabinet posts under the Callaghan and Healey governments, most notably Chancellor of the Exchequer (1983 - 1987) and Home Secretary (1987 - 1991).

Hattersley was a supporter of Denis Healey in both the 1973 and 1983 labour leadership contests, and was widely considered his natural successor.

He served as Employment Secretary under James Callaghan, with the job of reforming Trade Union's through negotiation and cooperation.

He ran for the labour leadership in 1990, but was eliminated on the second ballot.

Early Life

Early Political Career

Chancellor of the Exchequer

When Healey succeded Callaghan as Leader and Prime Minister, Hattersley was promoted to Chancellor.

Home Secretary

In the reshuffle following the 1987 election Hattersley was moved from the Treasury to the Home office.

Later Career

After the 1991 election Hattersley left the cabinet, although it is unclear whether he was sacked or resigned. He spent the following parliament defending his record in government from the backbenches, and announced in early 1992 that he would not seek reelection at the next election.

In 1996 he became Lord Hattersley of Sparkbrook.

He has remained an active commontater on political events.

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