Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine(1901-1971), West Indian cricketer, lawyer and politician; High Commissioner for Trinidad
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Born near Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the grandson of slaves, he became the finest fielder in the history of cricket. In 1923 and 1928 he was chosen to tour for the West Indies. His performance at Lord's brought him a contract to play for Nelson, Lancashire. In 1944 he won a historic court case against the Imperial Court Hotel for 'failing to receive and lodge' him on grounds of colour. He was called to the bar in 1954 and returned to Trinidad, where he became an MP and a Minister. He returned to London as High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago and became the first black peer in 1969. He became a governor of the BBC, Rector of St Andrew's University, and a member of the Race Relations Board.