Lord Mancroft is a Conservative peer and succeeded to the barony in 1987, aged 30, following the death of his father. Educated at Eton, he has decades of experience in both business and voluntary organisations.
Chairman of Inter Lotto since 1995, Mancroft was chairman of Scratch-n-Win Lotteries from 1995-98 and is non-executive director of St Martin’s Magazines Plc and, since 2003, Rok Corporation. As of 2006, he is also chairman of New Media Lottery Services.
Between 1987 and 1998, he was joint master of the Vale of White Horse Fox Hounds and is chair of Addiction Recovery Foundation since 1989. He was director of Phoenix House Housing Association from 1991-96 and vice-chairman from 1992 to 1996.
He was further deputy chair of the British Field Sports Society from 1992-97, President of the Alliance of Independent Retailers from 1996-2000 and is chair of the Drug and Alcohol Foundation since 1994. Since 1997, he is director of Countryside Alliance and since 2005 vice-chairman.
Lord Mancroft courted controversy in 2008 by describing the nurses who treated him at an NHS hospital in Bath as ‘grubby, drunken and promiscuous’. Despite a request by the hospital’s chief executive, he has not withdrawn the remarks.
The Mancroft barony, of Mancroft in the City of Norwich, was created in 1937 for Conservative politician Sir Arthur Samuel, 1st Baronet. In 1925, his heir and the 3rd Baron’s father Stormont Samuel, changed his surname by deed poll to Mancroft. The 2nd Baron was an inner temple barrister and was awarded the Croix de Guerre during the Second World War.
After the war, he served in the Conservative administrations of Winston Churchill and Sir Anthony Eden as a government whip from 1952 to 1954 and as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1954 to 1957.
When Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister in January 1957, Mancroft was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence Duncan Sandys, a post he held until June the same year, and was then Minister without Portfolio from 1957 to 1958.
His daughter and the 3rd Baron’s sister, the Hon. Victoria Lucinda Mancroft, married Prince Frederick Nicholas, son of Prince Frederick of Prussia and his wife, Lady Brigid Guinness.
Being a descendant of Sophia of Hanover and having rights under the Act of Settlement 1701, as amended by the Sophia Naturalisation Act 1705, Prince Frederick had been naturalised as a British citizen in October 1947 under the name Mr Friedrich von Preussen.