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Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea

Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea, PC, DL (born 17 June 1939, Swansea) is a British Labour Party politician, who was one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament in recent years, his service totalling 34 years.

The Lord Anderson of Swansea

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Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
In office
16 July 1997 – 12 July 2005
Preceded byDavid Howell
Succeeded byMike Gapes
Member of Parliament
for Swansea East
In office
11 October 1974 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byNeil McBride
Succeeded bySian James
Member of Parliament
for Monmouth
In office
31 March 1966 – 18 June 1970
Preceded byPeter Thorneycroft
Succeeded bySir John Stradling Thomas
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
28 June 2005
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1939-06-17) 17 June 1939 (age 80)
Political partyLabour
Alma materSwansea University


Anderson was educated at Brynmill Primary School in Swansea, Swansea Grammar School (now known as Bishop Gore School) and Swansea University.

Political careerEdit

He entered the House of Commons in 1966[1] for Monmouth until being defeated in 1970 by the Conservative John Stradling Thomas.

From 1971 to 1974, he was a resident in Kensington and Chelsea and councillor in a neighbouring borough.[citation needed]

He then re-entered the Commons in October 1974,[2] as MP for Swansea East. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 2000,[3] and retired from Parliament at the 2005 general election.

In the 2005 Dissolution Honours, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Anderson of Swansea, of Swansea in the County of West Glamorgan.[4] He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of West Glamorgan in January 2006.[5] Anderson belongs to the Labour Friends of Israel lobby group.[6]

Styles of addressEdit

  • 1939–1966: Mr Donald Anderson
  • 1966–1970: Mr Donald Anderson MP
  • 1970–1971: Mr Donald Anderson
  • 1971–1974: Cllr Donald Anderson
  • 1974–1974: Mr Donald Anderson
  • 1974–2000: Mr Donald Anderson MP
  • 2000–2005: The Right Honourable Donald Anderson MP
  • 2005: The Right Honourable Donald Anderson
  • 2005–2006: The Right Honourable The Lord Anderson of Swansea PC
  • 2006–: The Right Honourable The Lord Anderson of Swansea PC DL


  1. ^ "No. 43944". The London Gazette. 5 April 1966. p. 3947.
  2. ^ "No. 46374". The London Gazette. 15 October 1974. p. 8992.
  3. ^ "Privy Counsellors". Privy Council Office. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ "No. 57692". The London Gazette. 4 July 2005. p. 8639.
  5. ^ "No. 57889". The London Gazette. 1 February 2006. p. 1433.
  6. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. 23 March 2018.

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