Surrey-born, he was educated at St. John's School, Leatherhead, an independent school. Bruinvels held various voluntary offices in the Conservative Party in Dorking and at regional level in South East England.
Bruinvels was elected to the Commons for the constituency of Leicester East at the 1983 general election, by the narrow margin of 933 votes. The constituency was projected to be a safe seat for the Labour Party after boundary changes, but at the height of Labour's unpopularity he defeated Patricia Hewitt. He was defeated at the 1987 general election by the Labour candidate Keith Vaz.
Bruinvels was on the right-wing of his party and called for the re-introduction of the death penalty and put forward his name for the position of public executioner.
Bruinvels is a Governor of the Church Commissioners, a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, a former Director of the Church Army, Senior Inspector of Anglican Schools and is a Lay Canon of Guildford Cathedral. He carries out work for the Royal British Legion as County Field Manager for Surrey. He now runs his own public relations and media management company.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Peter Bruinvels
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