Andrew Hunter (British politician)

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Andrew Hunter
Member of Parliament
for Basingstoke
In office
10 June 1983 – 11 April 2005
Preceded by David Mitchell
Succeeded by Maria Miller
Personal details
Born Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter
(1943-01-08) 8 January 1943 (age 75)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party (2004-05)
Independent Conservative (2002-04)
Conservative Party
(1983-2002)
Spouse(s) Janet Bourne (deceased)
Children 2
Alma mater University of Durham
Jesus College, Cambridge
Westcott House, Cambridge

Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter[1] (born 8 January 1943[2]) is a United Kingdom politician and a member of the Orange Order. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Basingstoke from 1983 until 2005. From 1990 to 2001 he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Monday Club and was chairman as of 2008, succeeding Lord Sudeley.

Early life[edit]

Hunter is the son of RAF Squadron Leader Roger F Hunter by his marriage to Winifred M Nelson/Hunter.[3]

He attended St George's School, Harpenden and studied at the University of Durham gaining a BA in Theology in 1966 and an MA in History in 1968. He gained a Diploma in Education from Jesus College, Cambridge in 1967 then studied at Westcott House, Cambridge. From 1968-71, he worked in manufacturing industry. He was a Classics teacher at Harrow School for 12 years from 1971-83.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hunter contested Southampton Itchen as a Conservative in 1979, but lost to incumbent MP Bob Mitchell. Hunter was first elected to Basingstoke in the 1983 election. He is a member of the Conservative Monday Club and its Vice-Chairman from 1991 to 2001, when he was ordered by the Conservative Party to quit the Club. Since retiring as an MP he is once again Deputy-Chairman of the Club. Until 2002, he was a patron of the magazine Right Now!.[citation needed]

Hunter was active in thoroughly researching and exposing the Irish Republican Army (IRA) links with other groups, including the South African African National Congress (ANC), and in July 1988 called for Margaret Thatcher to deport all ANC members then resident in Britain.[4]

In 2002, he withdrew from the Conservative Party in order to contest elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly as a candidate of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He had family and Orange Order connections with Northern Ireland and opposed the Good Friday Agreement. He stood in Lagan Valley in the 2003 Northern Ireland election, but failed to gain a seat, coming seventh in a six-seat constituency.[citation needed]

On 10 December 2004, he announced that he had joined the DUP Parliamentary Group in the House of Commons,[5] the first mainland Member of Parliament in Great Britain to represent a party based in Ireland since T.P. O'Connor, who represented Liverpool Scotland from 1885 to 1929 as an Irish Nationalist.[citation needed]

In February 2005, Hunter raised the case of Jeremy Bamber in Parliament, questioning his conviction for murdering his adoptive family.[6]

Hunter stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election[7] and suggested he would move to Northern Ireland to become more involved with DUP politics. However, the subsequent death of his wife Janet led to a hold on these plans.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He married Janet Bourne in 1972 in Harrow, and they have a son and a daughter.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, ukwhoswho.com; accessed 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Daily Express, 16 July 1988.
  5. ^ "Tory MP Andrew Hunter joins DUP". 10 December 2004 – via news.bbc.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Hansard for 9 February 2005: House of Commons adjournment debate Archived 17 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine., parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk; accessed 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Former Basingstoke MP Andrew Hunter suffers a stroke". Basingstoke Gazette. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Mitchell
Member of Parliament for Basingstoke
19832005
Succeeded by
Maria Miller
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Sudeley
Chairman of the Monday Club
December 2007 – present
Incumbent