Roger Gresham Cooke

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Roger Gresham Cooke (26 January 1907 – 22 February 1970), sometimes known as Gresham Cooke, was a British Conservative Party (UK) politician.

He was the son of Dr. Arthur Cooke, F.R.C.S.,[1] senior surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cooke joined the British Road Federation as secretary in 1935, later becoming Chairman if its Highways Committee.[3] After the war, in 1946, he was appointed director of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, a representational role which he held during a difficult period for the UK economy and motor industry until 1955.[3]

Political career[edit]

Cooke was Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1955 until his death in 1970. No by-election was held after his death, as the 1970 general election followed only four months later, in which Toby Jessel was elected as Cooke's successor.

Personal life[edit]

Cooke married Rosalie Anne, daughter of J.R.H. Pinckney in 1934.[4] His grandson is the journalist and environmental activist George Monbiot.

His children, Rosalie and Hereward, both followed their father's interest in politics. Rosalie was a Conservative councillor who led South Oxford district council for a decade, and Hereward was the Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Norwich City Council between 2002 and 2006.[5]

Other activities[edit]

A few days before he died Cooke was actively lobbying for Britain's motor racing achievements to be commemorated through a special issue of postage stamps.[3]


  1. ^ "Marriages", The Times, 19 July 1934, pg. 17
  2. ^ "Obituaries", The Times, 15 March 1933, pg. 16
  3. ^ a b c Charles Bulmer (Ed), ed. (7 March 1970). "News: Obituary Mr Roger Gresham Cooke". Motor. No. 3,533. p. 62. 
  4. ^ "Marriages", The Times, 3 September 1934, pg. 15
  5. ^ Times Online.Obituary: Canon Hereward Cooke. Times Online. 7 January 2010.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Keeling
Member of Parliament for Twickenham
Succeeded by
Toby Jessel