Richard Marsh, Baron Marsh
Richard William Marsh, Baron Marsh PC
Privy Council of the United Kingdom
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 (14 March 1928 – 29 July 2011) was an English politician
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 and business executive.

Marsh was educated at Woolwich Polytechnic
University of Greenwich
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 and was elected as Labour Party
Labour Party (UK)
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 Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 (MP) for Greenwich
Greenwich (UK Parliament constituency)
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 at the 1959 general election
United Kingdom general election, 1959
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. He served in the second Wilson Government as the Minister of Power (1966–68), and in the Cabinet
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 as Minister of Transport (1968–69). When appointed to the transport ministry he let it be known that (unlike Barbara Castle
Barbara Castle
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, his predecessor in the post) he was a motorist, though he insisted that the family car, a Ford Cortina
Ford Cortina
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 was run by his wife while he relied on ministerial cars for his transport needs. He was also reported as having taught his father to drive, but having given up trying to perform the same favour for his wife, applying what forty years later appears as imprudent candour in characterizing the attempt as "traumatic". In 1975 Marsh's second wife Caroline died in a road accident in which the wife of broadcaster David Jacobs
David Jacobs (disc jockey)
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 also lost her life; Marsh and Jacobs both survived the crash.

He left the House of Commons
British House of Commons
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 in 1971 to become Chairman of the British Railways Board
British Railways Board
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, a position he held until 1976. He received a Knighthood and later a life peerage as Baron Marsh of Mannington in the County of Wiltshire
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 in 1981. He then sat in the House of Lords
House of Lords
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 as a Crossbench peer
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