Tristan Garel-Jones, Baron Garel Jones

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Garel-Jones
PC
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
1986–1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Robert Boscawen
Succeeded by Michael Neubert
Comptroller of the Household
In office
1988–1989
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Robert Boscawen
Succeeded by Alastair Goodlad
Treasurer of the Household
In office
1989–1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by David Hunt
Succeeded by Alastair Goodlad
Minister for Europe
In office
1990–1993
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Francis Maude
Succeeded by David Heathcoat-Amory
Member of Parliament
for Watford
In office
1979 – 1997
Preceded by Raphael Tuck
Succeeded by Claire Ward
Personal details
Born (1941-02-28) 28 February 1941 (age 73)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative

William Armand Thomas Tristan Garel-Jones, Baron Garel-Jones, PC (born 28 February 1941) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Watford from 1979–97, before being made a life peer in 1997.

Following his election to Parliament, Garel-Jones served in various whip positions and also as a junior minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[1][2]

Whips Office[edit]

Viewed as an effective whip who successfully delivered parliamentary votes in favour of Thatcher's legislation, Mr Garel-Jones was nonetheless seen as a mixture of Machiavelli and Ivan the Terrible by the Thatcherite right-wing.[3]

Mr Garel-Jones is said to be the inspiration for the fictional Whip turned PM, Francis Urquhart in House of Cards. [4]

Europe[edit]

Garel-Jones was a leading pro-European and remained so despite the Conservative party moving to a more eurosceptic position by the end of the Thatcher era. This created suspicion among right-wing Thatcherites who thought of him as one of the "wets". However, he voted for Lady Thatcher in the first round of the leadership challenge by Michael Heseltine, but reserved the right to vote against her if it went to a second round. He subsequently voted for Douglas Hurd.[3]

After he stepped down from the House of Commons in 1997, he was given a life peerage as Baron Garel-Jones, of Watford in the County of Hertfordshire.[5]

Garel-Jones is a supporter of the British Humanist Association, and a vice chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[1]

Garel-Jones was educated at the King's School, Canterbury.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Garel-Jones was portrayed by Hugh Fraser in the 2004 BBC production of The Alan Clark Diaries, and by Guy Henry in 2009's Margaret.[6]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Raphael Tuck
Member of Parliament for Watford
1979–1997
Succeeded by
Claire Ward
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Boscawen
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Michael Neubert
Comptroller of the Household
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Alastair Goodlad
Preceded by
David Hunt
Treasurer of the Household
1989–1990
Preceded by
Francis Maude
Minister for Europe
1990–1993
Succeeded by
David Heathcoat-Amory