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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Peart 
PC

In office
18 October 1964 – 6 April 1968
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Christopher Soames
Succeeded by Cledwyn Hughes
In office
5 March 1974 – 10 September 1976
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
James Callaghan
Preceded by Joseph Godber
Succeeded by John Silkin

In office
6 April – 1 November 1968
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by The Lord Shackleton
Succeeded by The Lord Shackleton

In office
1 November 1968 – 20 June 1970
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Richard Crossman
Succeeded by Willie Whitelaw

In office
10 September 1976 – 4 May 1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by The Lord Shepherd
Succeeded by The Lord Soames (as Leader of the House of Lords)
Sir Ian Gilmour, Bt. (as Lord Privy Seal)

Born 30 April 1914(1914-04-30)
Died 26 August 1988 (aged 74)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Thomas Frederick "Fred" Peart, Baron Peart, PC (30 April 1914 – 26 August 1988) was a British Labour politician who served in the Labour governments of the 1960s and 1970s and was a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Party.

Peart qualified as a teacher at the University of Durham in 1936. He served in World War II, gaining the rank of Captain.

Peart was elected Member of Parliament for Workington in 1945, serving until 1976. He initially served as PPS to the Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries (Tom Williams.

Peart, along with the rest of the Labour Party, went into opposition after Sir Winston Churchill's 1951 election victory. In 1964, he returned to government after Harold Wilson defeated Sir Alec Douglas-Home at that year's election. He was appointed to the Cabinet holding the position Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, a senior one. His tenure saw advances in pay for agricultural labourers, and in technology. In 1968 Peart became Lord Privy Seal, with no particular responsibilities. This was because it suited Wilson to remove him from the Cabinet, but he wanted to keep him in the Cabinet. When the then Leader of the House of Commons was moved seven months later, Peart became Leader of the House of Commons, taking the subsidiary title Lord President of the Council. After Labour lost the 1970 election, Peart returned to opposition. When Labour returned to power, Peart became Agriculture Minister once more.

Not long after Wilson stood down in 1976, Peart was made a life peer in 1976 as Baron Peart, of Workington in the County of Cumbria, serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal at a time when the Labour faction in the Lords was tiny compared to the vast Tory majority, mainly composed of hereditary peers, led by the elegant Lord Carrington, a hereditary peer, and Lord Soames, who although only a newly-created life peer was Churchill's son-in-law, and hence a member of the Spencer-Churchill-Vanderbilt family, one of England's and America's grandest aristocratic families. This was odd territory for a working-class man like Peart, but he handled the affairs of the Lords competently.

After Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 election, Peart went into opposition once again.

Lord Peart died in 1988.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Cape
Member of Parliament for Workington
1945 – 1976
Succeeded by
Richard Page
Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Soames
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1964 – 1968
Succeeded by
Cledwyn Hughes
Preceded by
The Lord Shackleton
Lord Privy Seal
1968
Succeeded by
The Lord Shackleton
Preceded by
Richard Crossman
Lord President of the Council
1968 – 1970
Succeeded by
William Whitelaw
Leader of the House of Commons
1968 – 1970
Preceded by
Joseph Godber
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1974 – 1976
Succeeded by
John Silkin
Preceded by
The Lord Shepherd
Lord Privy Seal
1976 – 1979
Succeeded by
Sir Ian Gilmour
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