Matthew Carrington, Baron Carrington of Fulham

Matthew Hadrian Marshall Carrington, Baron Carrington of Fulham (born 19 October 1947) is a British politician. Formerly the Conservative Member of Parliament for Fulham from 1987 to 1997,[1] in September 2013 Carrington was made a life peer and member of the House of Lords.[2]

The Lord Carrington of Fulham
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Official portrait, 2022
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 September 2013
Life peerage
Assistant Government Whip
(HM Treasury)
In office
December 1996 – May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Member of Parliament
for Fulham
In office
11 June 1987 – 8 April 1997
Preceded byNick Raynsford
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1947-10-19) 19 October 1947 (age 75)
Political partyConservative

Early lifeEdit

Carrington was born in London and was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle and Imperial College London,[3] during which time he chaired the Imperial College Conservative Society and graduated with a BSc and ARCS in Physics in 1969. He then attended the London Business School, where he received an MBA.[4] He was a banker with the First National Bank of Chicago (now the First Chicago Bank) between 1974 and 1978, and then the Saudi International Bank between 1978 and 1987. He subsequently became chairman of the Outdoor Advertising Association[3] and chief executive of the Retail Motor Industry Federation.[5]

Political careerEdit

Carrington first stood for Parliament at Tottenham in 1979, coming second to the incumbent Labour MP Norman Atkinson.

He unsuccessfully contested the Fulham seat at a by-election in 1986[6] but won it at the general election a year later,[3][7] defeating the Labour by-election victor Nick Raynsford (who returned to Parliament five years later as the Member for Greenwich). Carrington was Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Patten when he was a Home Office Minister between November 1990 and April 1992, and then when Patten was promoted to Secretary of State for Education. Carrington returned to the backbenches before joining John Major's government against as an Assistant Whip between 1996 and the 1997 general election, simultaneously serving as Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee.[8]

The Fulham constituency disappeared in the boundary changes ahead of the 1997 election, and Carrington was selected as the Conservative candidate for the new Hammersmith and Fulham constituency, but was defeated by the Labour candidate Iain Coleman.[9] He failed to regain the seat at the 2001 general election,[9] but Carrington stayed active in local politics, and was elected Chairman of the Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives on 28 March 2012.[10] On 11 September 2013 he was created a life peer taking the title Baron Carrington of Fulham, of Fulham in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.[11] Carrington is a non-executive director of the Sharia-compliant Gatehouse Bank and the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, as well as a trustee of St John's, Notting Hill.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Carrington was married to Mary Lou, who died in 2008. Mary Lou held senior positions at the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange between 1985 and 1998, and was an assistant vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago, where Matthew Carrington had also worked. Mary Lou had also been elected a common councilman for the City of London ward of Lime Street.[12] They had one daughter together.


  1. ^ "Matthew Carrington, Esq". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  2. ^ Working Peerages announced
  3. ^ a b c "Matthew Carrington". BBC News. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  4. ^ "CarringtonCrisp - About Us".
  5. ^ "Carrington quits Sky". Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Labour wins Fulham By-election". British Universities Film and Television Council. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Mr Matthew Carrington". Hansard. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Lord Carrington of Fulham".
  9. ^ a b "Hammersmith and Fulham". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Matthew Carrington - Chairman | Kensington, Chelsea & Fulham". Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  11. ^ "No. 60627". The London Gazette. 13 September 2013. p. 18117.
  12. ^ "Obituary: Mary Lou Carrington - Futures & Options World - Let's Talk Derivatives".
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Fulham
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
(successor constituency:
Hammersmith and Fulham)
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Carrington of Fulham
Followed by
The Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury