John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Hunt of Tanworth
23 October 1919|
Minehead, Somerset, UK
|Died||17 July 2008
|Known for||Cabinet Secretary, Life Peer and member of HoL|
Lord Hunt of Tanworth married firstly in 1941 The Hon. Mary Robinson (died 1971) and, by his second wife Madeleine, Lady Charles (née Hume), was a brother-in-law of the late Basil Hume, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
Honours and awards
Hunt was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1968 and promoted Knight Commander (KCB) in 1973.
Created a Life Peer with the title Baron Hunt of Tanworth, of Stratford-on-Avon in the County of Warwickshire on 8 February 1980, he was also advanced as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the same year.
In popular culture
Hunt was one of the more powerful cabinet secretaries, and was seen by many political figures (especially in the Second Wilson Ministry) as an "imperialist" who relished expanding the power of his remit. His uncanny mastery of procedure and ability to steer meetings to the conclusion he wished made him a considerable source of inspiration for the character of Sir Humphrey Appleby on the television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
- Lord Hunt of Tanworth: Secretary of the Cabinet
- Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 1998 (HUNT OF TANWORTH, LP). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
- Seldon, A. (2016) The Cabinet Office, 1916-2016, London: Biteback Publishing, pp.179-192
- Portraits of Lord Hunt of Tanworth at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
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