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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Archer of Sandwell PC

Born 20 November 1926 (1926-11-20) (age 83)
Birth name Peter Kingsley Archer
Political party Labour

Peter Kingsley Archer, Baron Archer of Sandwell, PC (born 20 November 1926), is a Labour Party member of the House of Lords.

He was previously the Member of Parliament for Rowley Regis and Tipton and for Warley West, having first been elected in the 1966 general election until his retirement at the 1992 general election[1]. After that he received a life peerage as Baron Archer of Sandwell, of Sandwell in the County of West Midlands.[2] In 1998 he successfully proposed an amendment to the Crime and Disorder Bill which abolished the death penalty for treason and piracy with violence.

He held the post of Solicitor General from 7 March 1974 to 4 May 1979 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1983 to 1987

He is the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for World Governance, [1] and is President of the One World Trust, of the World Disarmament Campaign, and of the Fabian Society. [2]

Lord Archer also chaired the Enemy Property Claims Assessment panel which, at time of writing ( 29 December 2007 ) has paid out more than £21m - 10 times its budget - to individuals claiming back funds which had been frozen by the British government during the Second World War. The panel revealed that, in all, 400 claims had been successful, indicating that the average payout had been in the region of £50,000.

He has been married since 1954, has a son born in 1962, and has one grandson.



Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Henderson
Member of Parliament for Rowley Regis and Tipton
1966Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warley
Feb 19741992
Succeeded by
John Spellar
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Havers
Solicitor General for England and Wales
Succeeded by
Sir Ian Percival
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Concannon
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Kevin McNamara


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