Robert Carr


Robert Carr

Infobox_Officeholder
honorific-prefix = The Right Honourable,
name=Leonard Robert Carr
honorific-suffix =
Baron Carr of Hadley,
PC

order=Secretary of State for Employment
term_start=20 June 1970
term_end=7 April 1972
primeminister=Edward Heath
predecessor=Barbara Castle
successor=Maurice Macmillan
order2=Leader of the House of Commons
&
Lord President of the Council
term_start2=7 April
term_end2=5 November 1972
primeminister2=Edward Heath
predecessor2= William Whitelaw
successor2=Jim Prior
order3=Home Secretary
term_start3=18 July 1972
term_end3=4 March 1974
primeminister3=Edward Heath
predecessor3=Reginald Maudling
successor3=Roy Jenkins
alma_mater =Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
birth_date =birth date and age|1916|11|11|df=y
party=Conservative

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 virual abolition of closed shop agreements.

In 1971 he escaped injury when the Angry Brigade anarchist 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 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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