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|The Right Honourable
Sir Gregory Knight
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household|
4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Mark Francois|
|Succeeded by||Desmond Swayne|
|Member of Parliament
for East Yorkshire
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||John Townend|
|Member of Parliament
for Derby North
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Philip Whitehead|
|Succeeded by||Bob Laxton|
4 April 1949 |
Blaby, Leicestershire, England
|Alma mater||The College of Law|
Education and professional life
As a backbencher, in the 1980s, he succeeded in amending the UK's licensing law by doubling UK 'drinking up time' on licensed premises from ten to twenty minutes, a concession that was welcomed by the industry and drinkers alike. However the 2003 Licensing Act ended standard permitted hours and now provides for an unspecified drinking up time determined by the licensee’s discretion.
He is in favour of bringing back capital punishment and spoke out against the Apartheid government of South Africa during the 1980s.
He had been deputy Chief Whip under John Major between 1993 and 1996 and was Minister of State for Industry at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 until the Conservative defeat at the 1997 election. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1995, entitling him to the style "Right Honourable".
He served under Michael Howard as a shadow minister for Environment and Transport until 2005. In the 2005–10 Parliament he was Chairman of the House of Commons Procedure Committee and on four other House of Commons select committees: the Liaison Committee, Administration Committee, the Committee on Modernisation of the House and the Standards and Privileges Committee. He was re-elected unopposed to the chair of the Procedure Committee in 2010.
In 2011 he successfully piloted the Estates of Deceased Persons, a Private Member’s Bill through Parliament and which has now become law. The Estates of Deceased Persons Act attracted unanimous support from both Houses of Parliament and the Law Commission. The Estates of Deceased Persons Act makes the distribution of estates fairer.
He rejoined the Government in September 2012 as a Senior Whip and Vice Chamberlain of the Royal Household, a position he held until October 2013.
In October 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for political service.
An avid motorist, he is critical of initiatives seen as 'anti-car', such as congestion charging, pedestrianisation schemes, speed humps and some 'park and ride' proposals.
He is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group  and has successfully called on the Government to exempt historic vehicles from MOT tests. In 2007 he was named as one of the 50 most influential people worldwide in the Historic Vehicle Movement. In 2011 he was shortlisted as the ‘Industry Champion of the Year’ by the International Historic Motoring Awards, for his work in supporting the historic and classic car movement.
He is a classic car enthusiast and owns a number of classic cars.
He plays the drums and is a founder member of MP4—the world's only parliamentary rock group. The others are fellow MPs Kevin Brennan and Peter Wishart and former MP Ian Cawsey. He has backed several other artists on the drums in live shows including George McCrae "Rock your Baby" and Fergal Sharkey "Teenage Kicks". Welsh chart-topping singer Duffy has described him as ‘a great drummer’.
He has written six books, mostly on the subject of political quips and insults.
- Westminster Words (1988), published by Buchan and Enright
- Honourable Insults (1990), published by Robson Books
- Parliamentary Sauce (1993), published by Robson Books
- Right Honourable Insults (1998), published by Chrysalis Books
- Naughty Graffiti (2005), published by Anova Books
- Dishonourable Insults (2011), published by The Robson Press (ISBN 9781849541619)
- "Siedmere event hailed a success – "also enjoying the evening were the Rt Hon Greg Knight, MP, his wife Janet"". driffieldintouch.com. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Derby North
|Member of Parliament for East Yorkshire
|Treasurer of the Household
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household