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Eric Deakins

Eric Petro Deakins, born 7 October 1932, is a British Labour Party politician.

Deakins was educated at Tottenham Grammar School and London School of Economics and became a commercial executive. He served as a councillor on Tottenham Borough Council 1958-61 and 1962-63.

Deakins was unsuccessful in his first three attempts to be elected a Member of Parliament (MP), including in Finchley in 1959 against future Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Chigwell in 1966. However he was later elected MP for Walthamstow West in 1970, reversing the by-election loss to the Conservatives of that seat in 1967.

His maiden speech was made on 16 July 1970. Speaking in favour of the second reading of the Misuse Of Drugs Bill, he raised a series of reservations: "It attacks socially unacceptable drugs but does nothing about socially acceptable drugs."[1]

After boundary changes in 1974, he was elected for Waltham Forest Walthamstow. The constituency was renamed Walthamstow in 1983.

During the Labour government of 1974-1979, Deakins was a junior minister for Trade (1974 1976) and the DHSS (1976 1979). He represented Walthamstow until 18 May 1987, leaving Parliament at the general election, gaining 34% of the vote compared to his Conservative candidate Hugo Summerson, who polled 39%. His defeat was against the national trend but followed a massive rates rise by the Labour council of Waltham Forest.

In 1987 he co-wrote the book "You And Your Member Of Parliament" with Nance Fyson.

He has a wife and three children, Tom, Sophie and Annabelle


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 & 1987


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