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Transcript of interview: Sir Leslie Fielding, 2012

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 139

Scope and Contents

The majority of this interview deals with Britain's relations with Europe.


  • 2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

Leslie Fielding was born 29 July 1932, older son of Percy Archer Fielding and of Margaret (née Calder Horry). He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet; Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In 1978, he married Dr Sally P. J. Harvey, sometime Fellow of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, having one son and one daughter.

After serving with the Royal Artillery, 1951-53 and the Territorial Army, 1953-56, Fielding entered the Diplomatic Service in 1956. His diplomatic career included: Tehran [Iran], 1957-60; Foreign Office, 1960-64; Singapore, 1964; Phnom Penh [Cambodia] (Chargé d’Affaires), 1964-66; Paris [France], 1967-70; Deputy Head of Planning Staff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970-73; seconded for service with European Commission in Brussels [Belgium], 1973; Director (External Relations Directorate General), 1973-77; permanent transfer to European Commission, 1979; Head of Delegation of Commission in Tokyo [Japan], 1978-82; Director-General for External Relations, Brussels, 1982-87.


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Language of Materials



Interview conducted by Thomas Raineau (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), as part of his PhD research.


Fielding, Sir Leslie, b 1932, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2013-10-30 10:06:01.533000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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