Jerry Wiggin

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Sir Alfred William Wiggin TD (24 February 1937 – 12 March 2015), known as Jerry Wiggin, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Education[edit]

Born in Worcestershire, England, Jerry Wiggin was educated at Eton College, followed by Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a farmer in Clevelode in his native Worcestershire.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Wiggin contested Montgomeryshire in 1964 and 1966. He became Member of Parliament (MP) for Weston-super-Mare in the 1969 by-election after the death of David Webster. He defeated Tom King in the selection contest for this by-election. He served until he retired at the 1997 general election. Wiggin was a junior Armed Forces minister from 1981 to 1983 and defended the withdrawal of HMS Endurance from the South Atlantic which, according to The Times, was seen as the trigger for the 1982 Falklands war.[1]

In May 1995, Wiggin apologised to the House of Commons for having tabled amendments to a bill in Standing Committee in the name of fellow MP Sebastian Coe, but without Coe's knowledge or consent. The amendment -to safeguard gas supplies to caravan sites benefited a lobbying group which employed Wiggin as a consultant. His behavior which meant he avoided having to declare a financial interest upset MPs of both main parties and became known as the cash for amendments scandal.[1] William Rees-Mogg described Wiggin as "a shrewd politician — though perhaps closer to the intellectual tone of the rugby XV than of All Souls".[1]

He was knighted in the 1993 New Year Honours.

Family and death[edit]

Wiggin was the father of Bill Wiggin, the Conservative MP for North Herefordshire.

He died suddenly on 12 March 2015, aged 78.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sir Jerry Wiggin". The Times. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ WIGGIN

See also[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Webster
Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare
19691997
Succeeded by
Brian Cotter