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Alexander Fletcher (British politician)

The grave of Sir Alexander MacPherson Fletcher in Dean Cemetery

Sir Alexander MacPherson Fletcher (26 August 1929 – 18 September 1989), sometimes known as Alex Fletcher, was a British Conservative Party politician.


  • Life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


He was born in Greenock in western Scotland. He was married to Christine Anne Buchanan (1926-2008).

Political career

Fletcher first stood for Parliament in the 1970 General Election at West Renfrewshire. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh North at a by-election in 1973, serving there until 1983, when after boundary changes he became MP for Edinburgh Central. However, at the 1987 general election he lost his seat to future Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.

Fletcher was Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1979 to 1983, and Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs 1983 to 1985.


He died in Westminster but was returned to Edinburgh for burial. He and his wife are buried together in the 20th century (north) extension to Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh.


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons 1987
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Alexander Fletcher
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Dalkeith
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North
constituency abolished
Preceded by
Robin Cook
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Central
Succeeded by
Alistair Darling

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