Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris

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The Lord Temple-Morris
Member of Parliament
for Leominster
In office
28 February 1974 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Sir Clive Bossom
Succeeded by Bill Wiggin
Personal details
Born (1938-02-12) 12 February 1938 (age 76)
Cardiff
Nationality British
Political party Conservative until 1998
Labour since 1998
Spouse(s) Taheré Khozeimé-Alam
Alma mater St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris (born 12 February 1938) is a British politician. He was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Leominster in 1974. He now sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cardiff, he attended Hillstone School (Malvern College's preparatory school) in Malvern, then Malvern College. He went to St Catharine's College, Cambridge gaining a BA in Law in 1958. He became a barrister, like his father, from 1962 at the Inner Temple, practising until 1989. His family home was in Cardiff, as his father Sir Owen Temple-Morris was MP for Cardiff East.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Temple-Morris was selected as the Conservative candidate for Newport (Monmouthshire) in 1964, Epping in April 1968 and Norwood in 1970. In February 1974, he was elected for Leominster, having been selected for the seat in March 1973. That same year, he was appointed vice-chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch). In 1979, he was appointed Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Norman Fowler, Executive Member, Inter-Parliamentary Union (British Group) and Founding Co-Chairman, British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body. He was a member of the Select Committees on Agriculture (1982–83) and on Foreign Affairs (1987–90). He stayed an MP until 2001, although he moved from Conservative to Labour on 20 June 1998.

He was a strong supporter of Michael Heseltine.

Suspension[edit]

Temple-Morris was suspended from the party in 1997 because he had "repeatedly and publicly questioned his continued commitment to the Conservative Party".[1] He then resigned from the party.

Defection[edit]

From 1997 to 1998 he sat on the government Labour benches, but did not take the whip, instead sitting as a one-man 'Independent One-Nation Conservative' group. However in 1998 he joined the Labour party but stood down as an MP in the 2001 general election.

House of Lords[edit]

He was made a Life peer in 2001 as Baron Temple-Morris, of Llandaff in the County of South Glamorgan and of Leominster in the County of Herefordshire. He sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Outside of politics, he was appointed Chairman of the Macleod Group in 1979. Since 1995, he has been President of the British-Iranian Business Association (BIBA) Society.

He contributed to the book What next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation in September 2011, his piece was entitled Labour: Progressive Politics.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His father, Owen Temple-Morris, was also a Conservative MP. His son Eddy Temple-Morris is a DJ, XFM presenter, record producer and former MTV presenter.

He married Taheré Khozeimé-Alam (the daughter of Amir-Hossein Khozeimé Alam of Dezashib who fled to London from Iran in 1979) on 24 July 1964 in London, and then had a formal ceremony at Caxton Hall Register Office the following day. The reception was held at the Dorchester Hotel. They have two sons (including one born in 1967) and two daughters (including one born in 1977).

He was known for his love of shooting, wine and food. He enjoyed fast cars and was fined £50 in 1983 for driving at over 100 mph on the M5.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pro-European quits Tories". BBC News online. 22 November 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2006. 
  2. ^ www.whatnextforlabour.com/contributors/

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Clive Bossom
Member of Parliament for Leominster
February 19742001
Succeeded by
Bill Wiggin