John Patten, Baron Patten

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This article is about The Lord Patten, a former Secretary of State for Education. For The Lord Patten of Barnes, the last Governor of Hong Kong and the current Chairman of the BBC Trust, see Chris Patten.
The Right Honourable
The Lord Patten
PC
Secretary of State for Education
In office
10 April 1992 – 20 July 1994
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Kenneth Clarke (Education and Science)
Succeeded by Gillian Shephard
Member of Parliament
for Oxford West and Abingdon
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Evan Harris
Member of Parliament
for Oxford
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Evan Luard
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1945-07-17) 17 July 1945 (age 68)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Religion Roman Catholic

John Haggitt Charles Patten, Baron Patten, PC (born 17 July 1945) is a former Conservative Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon. A Roman Catholic, he was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon College before graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

He was first elected for Oxford in 1979, transferring to Oxford West and Abingdon in 1983 after boundary changes divided the seat. He stood down at the 1997 general election. The seat was subsequently won by the Liberal Democrat Evan Harris.

Patten was offered the role as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by Margaret Thatcher but refused.[1]

Patten served as Secretary of State for Education from 1992 to 1994. He was interviewed at some length by Brian Sherratt in 1994 regarding his role as Secretary of State.[2] While he was Education Secretary, Patten described Birmingham education chief Tim Brighouse as "a madman ... wandering the streets, frightening the children". Brighouse sued, and won substantial damages which were donated to educational charities.[3]

Patten was created a life peer as Baron Patten of Wincanton in the County of Somerset on 17 June 1997.[4]

He is married to the businesswoman Louise Patten and they have one daughter, Mary-Claire.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2012/aug/22/david-cameron-cabinet-reshuffle-predictions
  2. ^ Radical Educational Policies and Conservative Secretaries of State, Ribbins P and Sherratt B, Cassell, 1997, pp 168-199
  3. ^ "The secrets of Saint Tim", The Guardian, 24 April 2007
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54812. p. 7187. 20 June 1997.
  5. ^ Louise Patten, Evening Standard, 2009-08-27

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Evan Luard
Member of Parliament for Oxford
19791983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon
19831997
Succeeded by
Evan Harris
Political offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Clarke
as Secretary of State for Education and Science
Secretary of State for Education
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Gillian Shephard