Andrew Hunter (British politician)

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Andrew Hunter
Member of Parliament
for Basingstoke
In office
9 June 1983 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by David Mitchell
Succeeded by Maria Miller
Personal details
Born Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter
(1943-01-08) 8 January 1943 (age 71)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party (2004-2005)
Other political
affiliations
Conservative Party
(1984-2002)
Independent Conservative
(2002-2004)
Alma mater The University of Durham

Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter[1] (born 8 January 1943[2]) is a United Kingdom politician and a member of the Orange Order. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Basingstoke from 1983 until 2005. From 1990 to 2001 he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Monday Club and is chairman as of 2008, succeeding Lord Sudeley.

Early life[edit]

Hunter is the son of RAF Squadron Leader Roger F Hunter by his marriage to Winifred M Nelson/Hunter.[3] The boy attended St George's School, Harpenden and studied at the University of Durham gaining a BA in Theology in 1966 and an MA in History in 1968. He gained a Diploma in Education from Jesus College, Cambridge in 1967 then studied at Westcott House, Cambridge. From 1968-71, he worked in manufacturing industry. He was a Classics teacher at Harrow School for 12 years from 1971-83.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hunter contested Southampton Itchen in 1979. However, he lost to incumbent MP Bob Mitchell.

Hunter was first elected to Basingstoke as a Conservative in the 1983 election. He is a member of the Conservative Monday Club and its Vice-Chairman from 1991 to 2001, when he was ordered by the Conservative Party to quit the Club. Since retiring as an MP he is once again Deputy-Chairman of the Club. Until 2002, he was a patron of the magazine Right Now!.

Andrew Hunter was active in thoroughly researching and exposing the Irish Republican Army (IRA) links with other groups, including the South African African National Congress (ANC), and in July 1988 called for Margaret Thatcher to deport all ANC members then in Britain.[4]

On 3 February 1997, he had a letter published in The Times, which he signed as Chairman of the Parliamentary Conservative Northern Ireland Committee, attacking the 'Bloody Sunday' Inquiry, calling it "a mistake" and saying that it "dishonours the memory of all who have died in The Troubles".

In 2002, he withdrew from the Conservative Party, in order to fight elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly as a candidate of the Democratic Unionist Party. He had family and Orange Order connections with Northern Ireland and opposed the Good Friday Agreement. The elections were held in November 2003, when he stood in Lagan Valley, and he failed to gain a seat, coming seventh in a six-seat constituency. On 10 December 2004, he announced that he had joined the DUP Parliamentary Group in the House of Commons, the first Member of Parliament for a seat in Great Britain to represent a party based in Ireland since T.P. O'Connor represented Liverpool Scotland from 1885 to 1929.

In February 2005, Hunter raised the case of Jeremy Bamber in Parliament, questioning his conviction for murdering his adoptive family.[5]

Hunter stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election and suggested he would move to Northern Ireland to become more involved with DUP politics. However, the subsequent death of his wife Jan, led to a hold on these plans.

Personal life[edit]

He married Janet Bourne in 1972 in Harrow, and they have a son and a daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U21241/
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Daily Express, 16 July 1988
  5. ^ Hansard for 9 February 2005: House of Commons adjournment debate UK Parliament

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Mitchell
Member of Parliament for Basingstoke
19832005
Succeeded by
Maria Miller
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Sudeley
Chairman of the Monday Club
December 2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent