John Wilkinson (British politician)
|Member of Parliament
3 May 1979 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Petre Crowder|
|Succeeded by||Nick Hurd|
|Member of Parliament
for Bradford West
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
|Preceded by||Norman Haseldine|
|Succeeded by||Edward Lyons|
|Born||23 September 1940|
|Died||1 March 2014
Isle of Man
He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West from 1970 until February 1974, when he was defeated by the Labour candidate Edward Lyons. In the 1979 general election he was elected as MP for Ruislip-Northwood, succeeding Petre Crowder, where he was re-elected in the successive general elections in 1983, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2001.
Wilkinson did not stand in the May 2005 general election, and the new member for Ruislip-Northwood is another Conservative, Nick Hurd. By the time of his retirement, Wilkinson was one of the longest-serving Conservative MPs.
Wilkinson remained on the backbenches for most of his parliamentary career, apart from two brief periods as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS): to the Minister of State for Industry from 1979–80 and to the Secretary of State for Defence from 1981-82.
A former member of the Royal Air Force (RAF), he spoke frequently in debates on defence and from 1979-90 he was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of The Western European Union (WEU). He also served as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Wilkinson was one of the Maastricht rebels, from whom the Conservative whip was withdrawn when they voted against legislation to ratify the Maastricht Treaty on European Union. Wilkinson and the other rebels continued to oppose the European policy of Conservative Prime Minister John Major for much of the 1992-97 parliament.
In popular culture
- Drewett, Zoe (2014-03-13). "Former Ruislip and Northwood MP John Wilkinson has died at the age of 73". Get West London. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- BBC News, Find Your MP: John Wilkinson
- Guardian Unlimted Politics - Aristotle
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Wilkinson
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Bradford West
|Member of Parliament for Ruislip-Northwood