Eric Petro Deakins (born
7 October 1932) is a
British Labour Party politician.
was educated at Tottenham Grammar School and
London School of
Economics and became a commercial executive.
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
including in Finchley
against future Prime Minister
, and Chigwell
However he was later elected MP for Walthamstow
in 1970, reversing the by-election loss to the
Conservatives of that seat in 1967. After boundary changes in 1974,
he was elected for Walthamstow
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 1987, when
he lost against the national trend, but following a massive rates
rise by the Labour council of Waltham Forest, to Conservative candidate Hugo Summerson.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 &