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Lord Bach

Lord Bach – Doctor of Laws

Former Mayor of Lutterworth and a Councillor with Leicester City, Lutterworth and Harborough Councils, former Labour Whip in the House of Lords and spokesperson for the previous Labour Government on a number of issues

Willy Bach was born in London on Christmas Day, 1946. He is married with three children. Educated at Westminster School and New College, Oxford, he received a BA, Hons, in English Language and Literature, before training in Nottingham to become a barrister.

He moved to chambers in King Street, Leicester, where he became Head of the Chamber’s Criminal Law Practice. He came to Leicester as a young barrister and has lived in the City and the County since 1972.

He served as a Leicester City Councillor and a Harborough District Councillor before entering the House of Lords as a Working Labour Peer from 1999 to 2010, with an 18-month gap. He was a Minister in the Labour Government, with the Departments of the Lord Chancellor, Defence, DEFRA and the Ministry of Justice.

Lord Bach has had a long involvement with the University of Leicester and describes himself as a fanatical Leicester City Football Club supporter and a member of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

He has been active in the Leicester West Labour Party, for which he was Treasurer for many years. He was a City Councillor from 1976-87, representing the old St Margaret’s ward, then Abbey Ward. He was a member of the Council of the University of Leicester for many years and is now a member of Court.

From 1993-4 Lord Bach was Mayor of Lutterworth, and from 1995-99 was a Harborough District Councillor. In 1998 William Bach was raised to the peerage as Lord Bach of Lutterworth.

He is currently Chair of the South Leicestershire Constituency Labour Party.

Press comment: “I am thrilled to be receiving an Honorary Degree from a University which I have been closely associated with, which is a vital part of a great city and from which my wife graduated. I am very grateful to the Senate and Council.”

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