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Basil Feldman, Baron Feldman

Basil Samuel Feldman, Baron Feldman (23 September 1923 – 19 November 2019) was a British businessman who was a Conservative member of the House of Lords. He sat in the House from 1996 until his retirement in 2017.


Feldman was born in September 1923 to Tilly (née Katz; 1902–1977) and Philip Feldman[1], and was educated at the Grocers' School.[1] Feldman began his first business in 1946, with Richard Beecham.[2] Feldman was a former member of Lloyd's of London, and was the director of The Young Entrepreneurs Fund from 1985 to 1994. He has been described as a former plastic-toy magnate whose business interests reportedly included "Sindy dolls, aircraft kits and yo-yos".[3] Feldman married his wife Gita Julius in 1952.[1] His younger sister was Fenella Fielding, the actress. He had two sons and a daughter. One of his sons is Nick Feldman, bass guitarist of the band Wang Chung. Feldman was a member of the Garrick and Carlton Clubs.

He was knighted in 1982.[4] On 15 January 1996 he was made a life peer as Baron Feldman, of Frognal in the London Borough of Camden.[5] His sponsors were Margaret Thatcher and Cecil Parkinson, and he was introduced to the House of Lords on 14 February 1996.[3]

Feldman died in November 2019 at the age of 96.[6]


Coat of arms of Basil Feldman, Baron Feldman
A Coronet of a Baron
A Mount issuant therefrom between two Sprigs of Basil both flowered a Dexter Cubit Arm the hand grasping a Wreath of Laurel all proper
Per chevron Argent guttée de sang and Gules guttée d'eau in chief two Apple Trees eradicated and fructed proper in base a Phoenix rising from Flames also proper
Dexter: A Lion reguardant Or holding in the dexter paw a Copper Handbell and in the mouth a Sprig of Pink Camelia both proper; Sinister: A Hind reguardant Or gorged with a Portcullis attached to a Chain Sable and holding in the mouth a Sprig of Basil flowered proper
Melius Quo Citius (The sooner the better)


  1. ^ a b c 'Feldman, Basil' in Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2009 ; online edn, Nov 2009 accessed 30 Jan 2010
  2. ^ "Lord Feldman, plastics tycoon who became a leading figure in the Conservative hierarchy – obituary". The Telegraph. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b Chalmers, Robert (24 February 2008). "Whatever Happened to Fenella Fielding?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 49120". The London Gazette. 24 September 1982. p. 12413.
  5. ^ "No. 54294". The London Gazette. 22 January 1996. p. 987.
  6. ^ "Lord Feldman obituary". The Times. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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