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Herbert Bowden, Baron Aylestone

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The Lord Aylestone

Herbert Bowden 1965.jpg
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
In office
1 August 1966 – 29 August 1967
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byArthur Bottomley (Commonwealth Relations)
Succeeded byGeorge Thomson
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office
16 October 1964 – 11 August 1966
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded bySelwyn Lloyd
(Leader of Commons)
Quintin Hogg
(President of Council)
Succeeded byRichard Crossman
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
3 November 1967 – 30 April 1994
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Leicester South West
Leicester South (1945–1950)
In office
5 July 1945 – 2 November 1967
Preceded byCharles Waterhouse
Succeeded byTom Boardman
Personal details
Born20 January 1905
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Died30 April 1994(1994-04-30) (aged 89)
Political partyLabour
Social Democratic Party

Herbert William Bowden, Baron Aylestone, CH, CBE, PC (20 January 1905 – 30 April 1994) was a British Labour politician.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Bowden was a councillor on Leicester City Council 1938–45 and president of Leicester Labour Party in 1938. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was elected at the 1945 general election for South Leicester, taking South-West Leicester at the 1950 election. He was appointed a whip in 1949 and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in 1950. From 1951, he was Deputy Chief Whip, then Chief Whip through Labour's years in opposition. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1953 Coronation Honours.[1]

When Labour returned to power in 1964, Bowden was appointed Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council, having become a Privy Counsellor in 1962. In 1966 he was moved to the new post of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, serving until 1967. On 1 September 1967 he succeeded Lord Hill as chairman of the Independent Television Authority.[2] On 20 September 1967, he was created a life peer as Baron Aylestone, of Aylestone in the City of Leicester[3] and . He was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 1975 Birthday Honours.[4] He joined the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s.

Lord Aylestone died in Worthing aged 89.


  1. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1953. p. 2954.
  2. ^ "Lord Hill's successor Herbert Bowden new Chairman of ITA". The Stage and Television Today (445). 31 August 1967. p. 9. Retrieved 10 July 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "No. 44412". The London Gazette. 21 September 1967. p. 10287.
  4. ^ "No. 46593". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1975. p. 7390.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Waterhouse
Member of Parliament for Leicester South
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Leicester South West
Succeeded by
Tom Boardman
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintin Hogg
Lord President of the Council
Succeeded by
Richard Crossman
Preceded by
Selwyn Lloyd
Leader of the House of Commons
Preceded by
Frederick Lee
as Secretary of State for the Colonies
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
Succeeded by
George Morgan Thomson
Preceded by
Arthur Bottomley
as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Hill
Chairman of the Independent Television Authority
ITA became the IBA
New title Chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority
Succeeded by
Bridget Plowden
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