Lord Attlee was born in 1956 and educated at Stowe School from where he went into Industry. He joined the Territorial Army. He started with the Royal Corps of Transport and transferred to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1980 and was commissioned in 1991.
He trained with Smiths Industries and worked mainly in materials management. In 1985 he went into business in the field of commercial vehicle recovery and repair. After starting to become active in the House of Lords in 1992, he undertook a tour with the NGO, British Direct Aid in Bosnia during the winter of 1993/4. He then ran that NGO’s operation in Rwanda for most of 1995. In the winter of 1997/8, he served with the regular Army in Bosnia on Op LODESTAR.
More recently he served with HQ 1 (UK) Armoured Division in Iraq having been mobilised in February 2003.
Building upon his industrial experience, he is President of the Heavy Transport Association and Patron of the Road Rescue Recovery Association. He is also a trustee of the Attlee Foundation.
John Attlee's Experience
Prior to taking his seat in 1992 Lord Attlee had no experience of debating, public speaking, politics or local government. He tentatively sat on the crossbenches where he was carefully tutored by very senior crossbench peers for which he is extremely grateful. Shortly before the 1997 election he joined the Conservative Party. He was not a little surprised to find himself on the Opposition Front Bench two weeks after the election. At one time or another he has covered: Defence, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Northern Ireland, Wales, Energy and Trade & Industry.
He survived the first stage of Lord’s reform by becoming an elected hereditary peer under the House of Lords Act 1999.
In 1999 Lord Attlee successfully piloted the Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill through the House. Unfortunately this bill, which dealt with illegal goods vehicle operators, failed to get through the House of Commons. However, all its provisions were subsequently incorporated in the Transport Act 2000, either by means of Government amendments or by Lord Attlee’s own ones.