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|Sir Peter Luff
|Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology|
25 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Quentin Davies|
|Succeeded by||Philip Dunne|
|Member of Parliament
for Mid Worcestershire
9 April 1992
|Preceded by||Peter Walker|
18 February 1955 |
Windsor, Berkshire, England
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
Sir Peter James Luff (born 18 February 1955) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Worcestershire since the 1997 general election, and was MP Worcester from 1992 until 1997. He was a Defence minister from 2010-2012.
Peter Luff was born in the Berkshire town of Windsor and attended the local Windsor Grammar School (now the comprehensive Windsor Boys' School) on Maidenhead Road. He studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, receiving a BA in Economics in 1976, then an MA. Before entering parliament he worked for three years from 1977 as a research assistant to the Conservative MP Peter Walker, before heading up Edward Heath's private office for two years from 1980. He became the managing director of Good Relations Ltd, a public affairs company in 1982. In 1987 he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, David Young. He became a senior consultant for Lowe Bell Communications (now Bell Pottinger Communications) in 1989, before again working for Good Relations from 1990.
He contested Holborn and St Pancras at the 1987 general election, but was comfortably beaten by the sitting Labour MP, Frank Dobson. He was first elected to Parliament for Worcester, when he succeeded his former boss, Peter Walker. Following changes in the parliamentary constituency boundaries he was selected for the new Mid Worcestershire constituency, comprising large areas of three old constituencies, defeating another sitting Conservative MP, Eric Forth for the nomination. He won the seat comfortably and has been a member of the House of Commons since 1992.
In Parliament he was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in 1993 to the energy minister Tim Eggar, from 1996 he served as PPS to both Ann Widdecombe the prisons minister at the Home Office and Lord Mackay the Lord Chancellor, he held these two positions simultaneously until the defeat of the Conservative government at the 1997 general election. He has served on many parliamentary select committees including chairing the Agriculture (1997–2000), and from 2005 to 2010 he chaired the what was successively known as the Trade and Industry Committee; the Business and Enterprise Select Committee; and the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.
In the resulting Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition of May 2010, Luff was appointed as a junior Defence minister at the Ministry of Defence, with the post of Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.
In May 2009, the Telegraph reported that in the months before he switched the designation of his second home from Worcester to the capital, Luff paid for more than £5,000 of decorating and repairs, including the £53.71 cost of having his Aga cooker fixed. Six months later, he switched his designation to a small flat in south London, where he spent more than £3,000 decorating the bathroom, kitchen, sitting room and hall. Mr Luff denied he had flipped his designation.
He married Julia Jenks in 1982. They have a son and daughter.
- Middle Way Group
- Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology - Peter Luff MP
- Woodcock, Andrew (5 September 2012). "Ex-defence minister Peter Luff to stand down". The Independent. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2013.
- Peter Luff MP official constituency website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
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|Member of Parliament for Worcester
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire