Letter: The first black peer?

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The first black peer?

It was good to read the article "Not them, not us, just here" (ISM, 31 January). You describe Lord Taylor of Warwick, however, as the "first black peer".

I applaud his achievement, but you've clearly forgotten the late Lord Pitt of Hampstead, while Baroness Flather was in the upper house for six years, and Lord Chitnis 19 years before Lord Taylor. Who does hold the distinction of being the first black peer? Was it the cricketer Lord (Learie) Constantine?


South Croydon,