John Roper, Baron Roper
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Roper
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Ernest Thornton|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Chief Whip, Social Democrat Party|
|Director, Institute for Security Studies of Western European Union|
April 1990 – September 1995
|Chief Whip, Liberal Democrats|
2001 – May 2005
|Born||9 October 1935|
|Political party||Labour Party (1970-81); Social Democratic Party (1981-88); Liberal Democrats (1988-)|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford; University of Chicago|
John Francis Hodgess Roper, Baron Roper (born 10 September 1935), is a British politician.
Roper started his career as an economics lecturer at the University of Manchester. He then went into politics and was elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth. He sat as a Labour Co-operative MP (1970–81) and for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) from 1981 to 1983, when he was also the party's Chief Whip. His Farnworth seat was subsequently abolished, and he contested Worsley at the 1983 general election, finishing third in a three-way marginal.
On 12 May 2000 he was created a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster. He was the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005. He was subsequently appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. In 2008, he was elected Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees.
He has controversially been accused by Anthony Glees of being a Stasi "agent of some influence" during his time at Chatham House. Lord Roper rejects the charge indignantly. He says he was engaged in building bridges with East Germany in the 1980s as part of a Foreign Office-approved policy of thawing relations.
"He was deceived, he says, about the background of an undercover Stasi officer he employed as a research fellow when he was director of studies at Chatham House." 
- The London Gazette: . 17 May 2000.
- "History on the rack", The Guardian, July 5, 2003
- "The Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf" by Hayden B. Peake, Central Intelligence Agency, April 14, 2007
- "The history men fall out over tales of spying, betrayal and buffoonery" by David Leigh, The Guardian, June 11, 2003
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Roper
- Lord Roper profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
- Whos Who 2002 entry
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Farnworth