Death of former Warrington North MP Lord Doug Hoyle


FORMER Warrington North MP Lord Doug Hoyle sadly died peacefully at home last night with his family by his side.

Lord Hoyle’s death was announced this morning by his son and Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle who said: “It is with great sorrow that I have to announce that my beloved father, Lord Doug Hoyle, passed away peacefully at home late last night with his family by his side. The whole family are devastated.”

Current Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols posted on social media: “Heartbroken to learn from Mr Speaker this morning of the passing of Doug Hoyle.
“Beyond being an icon and Warrington’s finest ever champion both as Warrington North MP and President of Warrington Wolves, he was a friend to all who knew him. Since the day I was selected, he showed me nothing but kindness, support and encouragement, and I will miss him enormously. I know his shoes will never be filled, but he was gracious enough to never make me feel that way and always had a joke or a bit of advice for me.
“May his memory forever be a blessing.”

Cllr. Hans Mundry, Leader of Warrington Labour Group said: “We receive the sad news of the death of Lord (Doug) Hoyle who was a true friend of Warrington who served the town as MP for Warrington North and on the board of directors of Warrington wolves. Doug always put the interest of Warrington first.
“Doug was respected by all who met him regardless of your politics Doug’s sense of fairness and passion for Warrington made him stand out.
“Doug will be a big loss and our thoughts will go with his family.”

Lord Hoyle, who according to Wikipedia was aged 94, but was actually aged 98, was a life peer who was chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1992 to 1997 and a lord-in-waiting from 1997 to 1999. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Nelson and Colne from 1974 to 1979 and Warrington North from 1981 to 1997.

After losing his seat at Nelson and Colne he returned to Parliament in 1981 when he saw off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins in a traditionally safe Labour seat. This was a notable by election in Warrington when enthusiasm for the newly created Social Democratic Party was at its peak. Constituency boundaries were redrawn for the general election of 1983, when he became MP for Warrington North.
Lord Hoyle served as chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club from 1999 to 2009.
In November 2010, Lord Hoyle was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Chester for his ‘outstanding contribution to the Borough of Warrington’.

He was instrumental in helping Warrington Wolves achieve their new stadium and was still club President after serving as Chairman for a decade.


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