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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Carr of Hadley 

In office
20 June 1970 – 7 April 1972
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by Barbara Castle
Succeeded by Maurice Macmillan

In office
7 April – 5 November 1972
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by William Whitelaw
Succeeded by Jim Prior

In office
18 July 1972 – 4 March 1974
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by Reginald Maudling
Succeeded by Roy Jenkins

Born 11 November 1916 (1916-11-11) (age 93)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Leonard Robert Carr, Baron Carr of Hadley, PC (born 11 November 1916) is a British Conservative politician.

Robert Carr was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he read Natural Sciences, graduating in 1938.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Mitcham in 1950 and served there until 1974 when the seat was merged and he moved to Carshalton. In Edward Heath's government he served as Secretary of State for Employment and was responsible for the Industrial Relations Act 1971, which balanced the introduction of compensation for unfair dismissal with curbs on the freedom to strike and the virtual abolition of closed shop agreements.

In 1971 he escaped injury when the Angry Brigade anarchist group exploded two bombs outside his house [1]. More than thirty years later a member of the group issued a public apology to Carr, and sent him a Christmas card.[2]

In 1972 he served a brief spell as Lord President of the Council and was then appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department after the resignation of Reginald Maudling.

He was created a Life peer as Baron Carr of Hadley, of Monken Hadley, North London, in 1976.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Braddock
Member of Parliament for Mitcham
1950February 1974
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Walter Elliot
Member of Parliament for Carshalton
February 19741976
Succeeded by
Nigel Forman
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Castle
as Secretary of State for
Employment and Productivity
Secretary of State for Employment
1970 – 1972
Succeeded by
Maurice Macmillan
Preceded by
William Whitelaw
Lord President of the Council
Succeeded by
James Prior
Leader of the House of Commons
Preceded by
Reginald Maudling
Home Secretary
1972 – 1974
Succeeded by
Roy Jenkins


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