Lionel Berry, 2nd Viscount Kemsley

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(Geoffrey) Lionel Berry, 2nd Viscount Kemsley (29 June 1909 – 28 February 1999) was a British Conservative politician, peer and newspaper editor.

Berry was born in Hendon.[1] His father was James Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley (1883–1968), a prominent newspaper baron, owner of titles including The Sunday Times and the Daily Record.

Berry served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II until he was invalided in 1942. The following year 1943, in a wartime by-election on 4 April, he was elected unopposed as Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham. However, he lost his seat to Labour at the 1945 general election.

Berry was managing editor of the Daily Sketch and later Deputy Chairman of Kemsley Newspapers Limited. He succeeded as Viscount Kemsley upon his father's death in 1968. By then, his father's newspaper business had been sold off and Berry played no further part in it.

He married Lady Helene Candida Hay, daughter of William George Montagu Hay, 11th Marquess of Tweeddale, on 21 June 1933. They had four daughters. He was succeeded as Viscount by his nephew, Richard Gomer Berry.

He died in Harborough, Leicestershire,[2] aged 89.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Whiteley
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
Succeeded by
Aidan Crawley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(James) Gomer Berry
Viscount Kemsley
Succeeded by
Richard Gomer Berry