Jim Lester

Sir James Theodore Lester (born 23 May 1932[1]), known as Jim Lester, is a former British Conservative Party politician.

Parliamentary career

Born in Nottingham, Lester first stood for Parliament in a by-election at Bassetlaw in 1968, when he almost overturned a Labour majority of 10,428 votes, failing to beat Joe Ashton by just 740 votes. He contested the seat again at the 1970 general election, but Ashton stretched his advantage to 8,261 votes.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Beeston between February 1974 and 1983, then for Broxtowe until the 1997 election, when he lost his seat to Labour. During his time in the House of Commons, he served as a party whip and a junior employment minister.


  1. "Preview family record - Lester". Burkes peerage and gentry. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Beeston
Feb. 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Broxtowe
Succeeded by
Nick Palmer