Anthony Gueterbock, 18th Baron Berkeley

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The Lord Berkeley

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
19 April 2000
Life peerage
In office
17 October 1992 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary peerage
Preceded byThe 17th Baroness Berkeley
Succeeded bySeat abolished
(House of Lords Act 1999)
Personal details
Born (1939-09-20) 20 September 1939 (age 79)
Sutton, Surrey, UK
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Marian Berkeley
RelationsEarls of Berkeley
Alma materEton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
OccupationCivil engineer ; parliamentarian
Websitewww.parliament.uk

Anthony Fitzhardinge Gueterbock, 18th Baron Berkeley, OBE, CEng, MICE, FRSA, FCIT, Hon FIMechE, Hon DSc (born 20 September 1939), otherwise known as Tony Berkeley, is a British aristocrat and Labour parliamentarian.

Holder of an ancient English hereditary peerage title created in 1421, Lord Berkeley sits in the House of Lords by virtue of being created a life peer in 2000.

Background[edit]

Of German patrilineal descent, the Güterbocks hailed from Berlin and its environs in former East Germany.

His mother, The Hon. Cynthia Ella Foley (1909–1991), married 4 August 1937 Brigadier Ernest Gueterbock, after which she was styled The Hon. Mrs Gueterbock. The younger of the two daughters of the 16th Baroness Berkeley MBE, her elder sister succeeded as Mary, 17th Baroness Berkeley (died 1992).

Life[edit]

Gueterbock was educated at Eton College, before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a BA (proceeding MA). He then took a career in civil engineering with George Wimpey plc as an engineer until 1985.[1] For the next ten years he worked as an engineer for Eurotunnel 1985–95.[1]

Gueterbock inherited his maternal ancestors' ancient title of Baron Berkeley in 1992, succeeding his aunt Mary Foley-Berkeley, 17th Baroness Berkeley.[1] Lord Berkeley additionally became Baron Gueterbock, of Cranford in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in 2000, but remains known in Parliament as Lord Berkeley. His life peerage enables him to continue sitting as a Labour peer in the House of Lords, following the ejection of the vast majority of hereditary peers in 1999; he was not elected a hereditary representative peer.

Since his introduction to the House of Lords in 1992, Lord Berkeley has served as Opposition Spokesperson for Transport 1996–97 and Opposition Whip 1996–97.[2] He is the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and has tabled many questions in the House of Lords on Transport policy, including about bicycles on trains.[3] Berkeley has also tabled questions about police conduct with regards to civil liberties.[4][5] Berkeley queried restrictions on peers bringing guests into the House of Lords during President Barack Obama's visit to London.[6]

Lord Berkeley serves as Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, the industry representative body for the rail freight sector, and is elected as a board member of the European Rail Freight Association. He is also a Trustee of Plymouth Marine Laboratory,[7] President of the UK Maritime Pilots' Association[8].

Appointed an OBE in 1989 "for services to the construction industry", Lord and Lady Berkeley divide their time between homes in London and Polruan, Cornwall.

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Anthony Gueterbock, 18th Baron Berkeley
Berkeley arms.svg
Coronet
That of a Baron
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Helm
That of a Peer
Escutcheon
Quarterly, 1. Güterbock patrilineal arms ; 2. Argent a Fesse engrailed between three Cinquefoils Sable all within a Bordure of the Last (Foley) ; 3. Azure a Snake nowed Or between three sinister Gauntlets open Argent (Milman) ; 4. Gules a Chevron between ten Crosses Pattées six in chief and four in base Argent (Berkeley)
Supporters
On either side a Lion Argent the sinister collared chained and ducally crowned Or
Motto
Dieu avec Nous
(Fr. for God with Us)
Orders
OBE officer civil.jpg : OBE
Previous versions
POL COA Guteter.svg Güterbock (Prussia, ancient)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Darryl Lundy (May 2006). "Anthony FitzHardinge Gueterbock, 18th Lord Berkeley". thePeerage.com.
  2. ^ "Lord Berkeley". BBC. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ how many dedicated cycle-carrying spaces are planned
  4. ^ pass on my congratulations to the police for the way in which they controlled this demonstration without using masks and batons, or covering up their numbers and other things which they did at the G20 protests? | 12 May 2009
  5. ^ www.theyworkforyou.com 29 Apr 2009
  6. ^ London Evening Standard Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Governance". Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  8. ^ www.ukmpa.org

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Mary Foley-Berkeley
Baron Berkeley
1992–present
Incumbent