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Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood

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The Lord Inglewood
Official portrait, 2023
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Broadcasting and Tourism
In office
8 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Viscount Astor
Succeeded byMark Fisher
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
12 January 1995 – 8 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Earl of Arran
Succeeded byThe Lord Chesham
Government Whip
In office
21 July 1994 – 12 January 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Lord Annaly
Succeeded byThe Earl of Lindsay
Member of the European Parliament
In office
10 June 1999 – 9 June 2004
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJohn Whittaker
ConstituencyNorth West England
In office
15 June 1989 – 9 June 1994
Preceded bySheila Faith
Succeeded byTony Cunningham
ConstituencyCumbria and Lancashire North
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
as a hereditary peer
23 November 1989 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byThe 1st Baron Inglewood
Succeeded bySeat abolished by the
House of Lords Act 1999
as an elected hereditary peer
11 November 1999 – present
Preceded bySeat established by the
House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born (1951-07-31) 31 July 1951 (age 72)
Political partyNone (non-affiliated)
Other political
Conservative Party (until 2018)
Cressida Pemberton-Pigott
(m. 1986)

William Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood, DL, FSA (born 31 July 1951), usually called Richard Inglewood, is a former Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. Lord Inglewood is a non-affiliated member of the House of Lords, a barrister and a chartered surveyor. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004, and a junior minister in the UK government from 1995 to 1997.

Political career


At the 1983 general election, he stood as the Conservative candidate in the safe Labour constituency of Houghton and Washington, where he finished third with 24% of the votes.

At the 1984 European Parliament election he stood unsuccessfully in the Durham constituency, then at the 1989 election he was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Cumbria and Lancashire North. He lost his seat at the 1994 election, but in 1999 was elected for the new North West England constituency. He was the Conservative spokesman on Legal Affairs. He did not contest the 2004 election.

He was a government whip in the Lords from 1994 to 1995, serving as Deputy Chief Whip from January to July 1995. He was then appointed as a junior minister in the Department of National Heritage, serving until the Conservatives lost office at the 1997 general election. During that time he was responsible for broadcasting and heritage, and was Minister for Tourism.

Between 2011 and 2014 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, and 2014–2015 Chairman of the Select Committee on Extradition Law.

Other interests


He was Chairman of the CN Group, an independent local media business based in Carlisle 2002–2016, Chairman of Carr's Milling Industries plc 2005–2013, and of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art 2003–2014, Chairman of Gen2 from 2016 until 2018 and President of Cumbria Tourist Board 2004 to 2019. He was a visiting parliamentary fellow at St Antony's College Oxford 2014–2015, Chairman of the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership 2013–2017. Member Lake District Special Planning Board 1983–1989, Chairman of the Development Control (Planning Committee) of the Lake District National Park 1985–1989, Board Member North West Water Authority 1987–1989.

He has been a deputy lieutenant of Cumbria since 1993 and was appointed vice lord-lieutenant in 2013. In 2018 he became chairman of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.[1] He is the current President of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and has been president of Historic Buildings and Places[2] since 2015, president of the British Art Market Federation since 2014, president of the Uplands Alliance since 2015, patron of the Livestock Auctioneers Association since 2016, president of the National Sheep Association since 2017, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) since 2002, and has been a director/trustee of Full Fact since 2014 and the Public Interest News Foundation since 2020.

Lord Inglewood is a Vice President of the National Churches Trust.[3]

Personal life


Inglewood is the eldest son of Conservative Member of Parliament William Fletcher-Vane and his wife Mary née Proby. Barrister Christopher Fletcher-Vane is his younger brother.

He was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1975. He married Cressida Pemberton-Pigott in 1986. They have one son, Henry William Frederick Fletcher-Vane, born in 1990, and two daughters; Miranda, born 1987 (m. Arthur Leigh Pemberton), and Rosa, born 1989.

His home is Hutton-in-the-Forest in the Inglewood Forest area of Cumbria.[4]




  1. ^ "Cumbria LEP names new Chairman". Place NorthWest. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Our People". Historic Buildings & Places. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Our Presidents and Patrons". Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Family History". Hutton-in-the-Forest. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Lord-in-waiting
Succeeded by
Preceded by Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Inglewood
Member of the House of Lords
Heir apparent:
Hon. Henry Fletcher-Vane
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under the House of Lords Act 1999