Leslie Hale, Baron Hale

Leslie Hale

Charles Leslie Hale, Baron Hale (13 July 1902 – 9 May 1985)[1] was a British Liberal Party then Labour Party politician.


Hale was the son of Benjamin George Hale, a managing director.[2] He went to the Ashby Grammar School and trained to be a solicitor in Leicester.[3] Thereafter Hale practised first in his hometown Coalville, later in Nuneaton and finally in London.[3]


Hale joined Leicestershire County Council in 1925, aged twenty-three.[3] Four years later he contested Nottingham South unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party.[4] Hale entered the British House of Commons as a Labour member in 1945, having been elected as one of the MPs in of the two-member constituency of Oldham.[4] He represented this constituency until 1950, when it was abolished and split into two divisions.[4] Hale was subsequently returned to Parliament for Oldham West, a seat he held for eighteen years until 1968,[4] when he resigned for health reasons.[5] On 24 April 1972, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Hale of Oldham.[6]

Hale acted as the solicitor for the Spiritualists National Union, and spoke in Parliament for the repeal of the Witchcraft Act 1735 in favour of the Fraudulent Mediums Act.[7]


In 1926 Hale married Dorothy Ann Latham; the couple had a son as well a daughter.[2] He died in 1985.[1]


  • Thirty Who Were Tried; (1955)
  • John Philpot Curran; (1958)
  • Blood on the Scales; (1960)
  • Hanged in Error; (1961)
  • Hanging in the Balance; (1962)


  1. ^ a b Vacher (1985), p. 91
  2. ^ a b Kelly (1969), p. 906
  3. ^ a b c Who's Who (1963), p. 1280
  4. ^ a b c d Dod (1984), p. 124
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "No. 45657". The London Gazette. 27 April 1972. p. 4999.
  7. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1950/dec/01/fraudulent-mediums-bill#S5CV0481P0_19501201_HOC_74 | accessdate = 26 February 2017


  • Who's Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1963.
  • Charles Roger Dod and Robert Philip Dod (1984). J. Berwick Smith (ed.). Dod's Parliamentary Companion 1984. London: Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes for 1969. London: Kelly's Directories Ltd. 1969.
  • Vacher's Parliamentary Companion 1985. London: A. S. Kerswill. 1985.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Dodd
Hamilton Kerr
Member of Parliament for Oldham
With: Frank Fairhurst
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Oldham West
Succeeded by
Bruce Campbell