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Death of Honorary Freeman of the Borough Lord Plumb of Coleshill

Published on Tuesday, 19th April 2022

Lord Plumb

It is with great sadness that North Warwickshire Borough Council has learned that Lord (Henry) Plumb, Honorary Freeman of the Borough, died on Friday 15 April 2022.

Lord Plumb was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough on 16 September 2002 “as an expression of the high esteem in which he is held by the Council and Residents of the Borough and in recognition of the distinction that he has achieved in the fields of Politics and Agriculture”.
His father farmed in Coleshill and Lord Plumb took over running the farm after his father died in 1952.  Lord Plumb was president of the National Farmers’ Union from 1970 to 1979 and was elected an MEP for the Cotswolds in 1979. He was the only British president of the European parliament (from 1987 until 1989) and remained a member until 1999.  Lord Plumb was knighted in 1973, became chancellor of Coventry University between 1995 and 2007 and retired from the House of Lords in 2017.
David Wright, Leader of the Council, said: “Lord Plumb was a real gentleman and we would like to extend our sympathies to his family at this sad time.”