John Roper, Baron Roper
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Roper
|House of Lords Chief Whip, Liberal Democrats|
7 June 2001 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||John Harris, Baron Harris of Greenwich|
|Succeeded by||David Shutt, Baron Shutt of Greetland|
|Director, Institute for Security Studies of Western European Union|
April 1990 – September 1995
|Chief Whip, Social Democrat Party|
26 March 1981 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||John Cartwright|
|Member of Parliament
18 June 1970 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Ernest Thornton|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born||John Francis Hodgess Roper
10 September 1935
|Died||29 January 2016(aged 80)|
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford; University of Chicago|
Roper was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School (Manchester), Reading School, Magdalen College, Oxford (studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and the University of Chicago. He began his career as an economics lecturer at the University of Manchester.
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Roper first stood for Parliament for High Peak as a Labour candidate at the 1964 general election, but the Conservative David Walder retained the marginal seat. He was elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth at the 1970 general election.
He sat as a Labour Co-operative MP (1970–81) and for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) from 1981 to 1983, when he was also the party's Chief Whip. His Farnworth seat was subsequently abolished, and he contested Worsley in the 1983 general election, finishing third in a three-way marginal.
House of Lords
On 12 May 2000, he was created a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster. He was the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005. He was subsequently appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. In 2008, he was elected Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees. He retired from the House of Lords on 23 May 2015.
Roper rejected the charges and related that he was engaged in building bridges with East Germany in the 1980s as part of a Foreign Office-approved policy of thawing relations. "He was deceived, he says, about the background of an undercover Stasi officer he employed as a research fellow when he was director of studies at Chatham House".
- "Ex-Liberal Democrat chief whip Lord Roper dies aged 80". BBC. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- The London Gazette: . 17 May 2000.
- Profile, parliament.uk; accessed 29 January 2016.
- "History on the rack", The Guardian, 5 July 2003.
- Hayden B. Peake, "The Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf", Central Intelligence Agency, 14 April 2007.
- Glees, Anthony (2 February 2004). The Stasi Files: East Germany's Secret Operations Against Britain. Simon & Schuster UK. ISBN 9780743231053.
- David Leigh, "The history men fall out over tales of spying, betrayal and buffoonery", The Guardian, 11 June 2003.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Roper
- Lord Roper profile, libdems.org.uk
- Who's Who 2002 entry
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Farnworth