Gloria Hooper, Baroness Hooper

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This article is about the British lawyer and politician. For the Italian sprinter, see Gloria Hooper (athlete).

Gloria Dorothy Hooper, Baroness Hooper, CMG, DSG, FRSA, FRGS (born 25 May 1939) is a British lawyer and a life peer in the House of Lords.

The daughter of Frederick and Frances (née Maloney) Hooper, she was educated at La Sainte Union Convent High School, Southampton, and at the Royal Ballet School. She attended the University of Southampton, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in law in 1960 and at Universidad Central del Ecuador, where she was a Rotary Foundation Fellow. Baroness Hooper opened The British School of Quito in September 1995.

Legal background[edit]

Hooper was assistant to the chief registrar of John Lewis Partnership between 1960–961 and editor in current law of Sweet & Maxwell, Law Publishers between 1961–62. From 1962–67, she was information officer, to the Winchester City Council and from 1967–72, assistant solicitor with Taylor and Humbert. In 1972–73, Hooper was legal adviser to Slater Walker France S.A. Between 1974–84, she was partner with Taylor and Humbert (now Taylor, Wessing).[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

An active member of the Conservative Party, Hooper was the party's candidate for Liverpool in the 1979 European Parliament election. Although the seat was thought safe Labour, Hooper won it by 7,227 over Labour's Terry Harrison, a member of the Militant group.[citation needed]Comparing the election with the total votes cast in the 1979 general election five weeks previously, the swing to the Conservatives was the highest in the country. Hooper was defeated in the 1984 election in the Merseyside West constituency.[citation needed]


Trusteeships and Fellowships[edit]


She was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2002 New Year's Honours[1] and on 10 June 1985, she was created a life peer with the title Baroness Hooper, of Liverpool and St James's in the City of Westminster.[2] She was created a Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great.[when?]