Charles Strachey, 4th Baron O'Hagan

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Charles Strachey, 4th Baron O'Hagan

Member of House of Lords and Member of European Parliament add

Category: Politics

Born in 945.

Countries: United Kingdom (75%), Europe (25%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: House of Lords, European Parliament, Somerset

Linked to: European Parliament, House of Lords, University of Cambridge, Conservative Party




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Charles Strachey, 4th Baron O'Hagan was born in 0945 add something


The Towneleys had owned the Bowland Forest Estate from 1835 and it transpired that the title had been retained by an extinct family trust add something


He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, and served as a Page to Queen Elizabeth II between 1959 and 1961 add something


The grandson of Maurice Towneley-O'Hagan, 3rd Baron O'Hagan, he inherited the family title at the age of 16 on his grandfather's death in 1961, his father the Hon. Major Thomas Anthony Edward Towneley Strachey having committed suicide in 1955 add something


He was appointed an Independent MEP in December 1972, taking his seat on the day Britain began its EEC membership, 1 January 1973 add something


Between 1973 and 1979, British MEPs were not elected, but were appointed from the House of Commons and the House of Lords add something


In 1973, he inherited the 14th century Sutton Court in Somerset, ancestral home of the Stracheys since 1858; the house was left to him after the death of Edward Strachey, 2nd Baron Strachie, who had no heir add something


On May 1 1974, he introduced the Bill in the House of Lords, but it was voted down add something


In 1975, he sold the papers of several of his Irish ancestors, including Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan, to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland add something


The 5 June 1975 referendum on British EEC membership settled the question of Britain's position in Europe, and from that point onwards, the Labour party demanded its share of MEP nominations add something


O'Hagan thus lost his seat on 3 July 1975 after a joint decision by the Conservative and Labour parties to cease appointing Independents and Liberals to the European Parliament add something


He joined the Conservative party and became a whip and a frontbench spokesman for the Conservatives in the House of Lords between 1977 and 1979 add something


He was involved in the Primrose League before its dissolution, serving as its Chancellor from April 1979 to April 1981 add something


In 1987 O'Hagan sold it for conversion into flats add something


Those paintings of Sutton Court which were not sold in 1987 were sold by O'Hagan in 1994 and 2007 add something


He had been due to contest the 1994 European Parliament election, fighting the newly-drawn constituency of Devon and East Plymouth, but he resigned three months before the election, citing the collapse of his second marriage, commenting "You can't fight an election with your mind on other things add something


He remained an MEP until his resignation in March 1994 add something


In 1999, in line with most other hereditary peers, he lost his right to sit in the House of Lords, although he had been on a leave of absence since the previous year, in the wake of declining health add something


He made headlines in 2008, offering to sell some of his subsidiary titles to pay for medical bills add something


In 2009, it was reported that Lord O'Hagan had stepped forward on behalf of the Towneley family to claim the title of 15th Lord of Bowland add something


"Who's Who 2009" A relative of the Strachey Baronets, he is the great-great-grandson of Edward Strachey, 1st Baron Strachie add something