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||9 October 1935|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative (1970-81); Social Democratic Party (1981-88); Liberal Democrats (1988-)|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford; University of Chicago|
John Francis Hodgess Roper, Baron Roper (born 10 September 1935), is a British politician.
John Roper was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School (Manchester), Reading School, Magdalen College, Oxford (studying PPE), and the University of Chicago. He started his career as an economics lecturer at the University of Manchester.
Roper first stood for Parliament for High Peak as a Labour candidate in 1964. He was elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth in 1970. 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 at 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.
He has controversially been accused by Anthony Glees of being a Stasi "agent of some influence" during his time at Chatham House. Lord Roper rejects the charge indignantly. He says 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." 
- The London Gazette: . 17 May 2000.
- http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/retired-lords/ Retired members of the House of Lords
- "History on the rack", The Guardian, July 5, 2003
- "The Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf" by Hayden B. Peake, Central Intelligence Agency, April 14, 2007
- "The history men fall out over tales of spying, betrayal and buffoonery" by David Leigh, The Guardian, June 11, 2003
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Roper
- Lord Roper profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
- Who's Who 2002 entry
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Farnworth