- Robert Carr
honorific-prefix = The Right Honourable,
name=Leonard Robert Carr
Baron Carr of Hadley,
Secretary of State for Employment
20 June 1970
7 April 1972
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
5 November 1972
predecessor2= William Whitelaw
18 July 1972
4 March 1974
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
birth_date =birth date and age|1916|11|11|df=y
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, Cambridgewhere he read Natural Sciences, graduating in 1938.
He was elected
Member of Parliamentfor 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 Employmentand 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 virual abolition of closed shopagreements.
In 1971 he escaped injury when the
Angry Brigadeanarchist group exploded two bombs outside his house [http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/12/newsid_2523000/2523465.stm] . More than thirty years later a member of the group issued a public apology to Carr, and sent him a Christmas card. [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,644062,00.html]
In 1972 he served a brief spell as
Lord President of the Counciland was then appointed Secretary of State for the Home Departmentafter the resignation of Reginald Maudling.
He was created a
Life peeras Baron Carr of Hadley, of Monken Hadley, North London, in 1976.
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