John Cope, Baron Cope of Berkeley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Cope of Berkeley
In office
14 April 1992 – 20 July 1994
Preceded by John Ganzoni
Succeeded by David Heathcoat-Amory
Member of Parliament
for Northavon
In office
13 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Steve Webb
Member of Parliament
for South Gloucestershire
In office
28 February 1974 – 13 June 1983
Preceded by Frederick Corfield
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1937-05-13) 13 May 1937 (age 77)
Political party Conservative

John Ambrose Cope, Baron Cope of Berkeley, PC (born 13 May 1937) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1]


Cope was educated at Oakham School before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.[2]

He contested Woolwich East in the 1970 General Election, but was defeated by Labour's Christopher Mayhew. Thereafter he served as Member of Parliament for South Gloucestershire from 1974 to 1983. When that constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, he was returned for the new Northavon constituency, serving in until his defeat in the 1997 general election by the Liberal Democrat Steve Webb. In 1988, he was sworn of the Privy Council.

Cope served as Paymaster-General in John Major's government between 1992 and 1994. He was made a life peer as Baron Cope of Berkeley, of Berkeley in the County of Gloucestershire in 1997. He has served as Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords, on the Conservative front bench, from 2001 to 2007, when he was replaced by Baroness Anelay.

In 2012 Cope made the opening speech to the House of Lords, presenting a motion for the Loyal Address on the opening day of Parliament.[3]

Charity work[edit]

Lord Cope is a Patron of the charity Kids for Kids, helping children in rural areas of Darfur, Sudan[4] and President of the Friends of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath.[5]

Lord Cope has also been a Trustee of War Memorials Trust since 1999 which is a conservation charity that works for the protection of war memorials across the United Kingdom.[6]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Corfield
Member of Parliament for South Gloucestershire
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Northavon
Succeeded by
Steve Webb
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Berry
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
David Hunt
Preceded by
The Lord Belstead
Paymaster General
Succeeded by
David Heathcoat-Amory