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Eric Ollerenshaw
Member of Parliament
for Lancaster and Fleetwood
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byCat Smith
Leader of the Conservative Party
in the London Assembly
In office
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byBob Neill[1]
Member of the London Assembly
as the 1st Additional Member
In office
4 May 2000 – 1 May 2004
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byPeter Hulme-Cross
Personal details
Born (1950-03-26) 26 March 1950 (age 74)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materLondon School of Economics
WebsiteOfficial website

Eric Ollerenshaw OBE (born 26 March 1950) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lancaster and Fleetwood from 2010 to 2015.

He was born and grew up in Lancashire and was educated at Hyde County Grammar School and the London School of Economics where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1971.[2] He has previously been an elected member of the London Assembly and head of the Cities and Diversity section of the Conservative Party at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.[3]

Teaching career


Before moving into politics, Ollerenshaw was a full-time teacher of History. He taught in three comprehensive schools – two of which were social priority schools – and in 1986 gained his first elected position on the Inner London Education Authority. After rising to lead the Conservative group on the Authority in 1988, he worked with the Government and the Boroughs to abolish the Authority in 1990. [citation needed]

Political career


In the 1991 New Year Honours, he was awarded his OBE for Public and Political Service. The same year he was elected to the London Borough of Hackney representing Springfield as one of its three Conservative councillors. In 1992 he stood as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Heywood and Middleton.[4]

In 1998, he rose to lead the Conservative group on Hackney London Borough Council when Joe Lobenstein, the previous leader of the group, became mayor of Hackney. His involvement with Councillor Isaac Leibowitz, who was later convicted of electoral fraud,[5] was mentioned in an Early Day Motion from the Labour MP for Hackney South, Brian Sedgemore calling for him to be divested of his OBE.[6] Between 2000 and 2001, he was the joint leader of Hackney Council with Labour's Jules Pipe during Hackney's most troubled period. In 2000, Ollerenshaw was elected as a member of the London Assembly and in 2002 rose to become the Conservative Group Leader. He was elected Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood at the 2010 general election with a majority of 333 votes.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career


In March 2007 he was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood, which he won in the General Election held on 6 May 2010 by just 333 votes.[7] In September 2010 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Baroness Warsi. Ollerenshaw campaigned on the 'No' side during the lead up to the 2011 Referendum on the Alternative Vote.

In the 2015 General Election Ollerenshaw lost to Labour's Cat Smith by 1,265 votes.[8] After returning to live in Hackney, he was again selected as the Conservative candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood at the 2017 General Election, once again being defeated by Labour's Cat Smith, but by a much increased margin of 6,661 votes, despite him increasing his votes and vote share.[9]

Eric Ollerenshaw with Lancaster Councillor Susie Charles

Personal life


Ollerenshaw is openly gay.[10][11] His partner of 36 years, Michael Donoghue, died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.[12]

Ollerenshaw is a trustee of the Baroness Warsi Foundation.[13]


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  2. ^ "LSE Alumni Association". Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The Conservative Party". Lancasterandfleetwoodconservatives.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  5. ^ "UK POLITICS | Vote-rigging councillors face jail". BBC News. 9 March 2001. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Early day motion 811 - ELECTORAL FRAUD IN HACKNEY - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Eric Ollerenshaw Bio". Conservatives.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011.
  8. ^ General, Election. "Eric Ollerenshaw (C) loses to Cat Smith (L)". Lancaster Guardian. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Lancaster & Fleetwood parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News.
  10. ^ "Gay councillor loses Hackney seat". Pink News. 5 May 2006.
  11. ^ "Elected LGBT Conservatives". LGBTory.
  12. ^ ""MP Eric Ollerenshaw: 'After 35 years of love, pancreatic cancer took him in just six weeks'"". Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  13. ^ "Baroness Warsi Foundation". Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
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