Judith Chaplin

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Judith Chaplin
Judith Chaplain.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Newbury
In office
9 April 1992 – 19 February 1993
Preceded by Michael McNair-Wilson
Succeeded by David Rendel
Personal details
Born (1939-08-19)19 August 1939
Died 19 February 1993(1993-02-19) (aged 53)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Robert Walpole (d. 1962–79)
Michael Chaplin (m. 1984–93)
Children 4

Sybil Judith Chaplin, OBE, known as Judith Chaplin, (19 August 1939 – 19 February 1993) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1]


Having been a councillor on Norfolk County Council, she was Private Secretary and political assistant to John Major as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister.[2] She was educated at Wycombe Abbey and obtained a degree in economics from Girton College, Cambridge, and a postgraduate qualification in economics from the University of East Anglia, prior to joining the Conservative Research Department. She was elected to Parliament for Newbury at the 1992 election.[1] She died (after only 316 days as an MP) during a routine hospital operation. The resulting by-election was won by David Rendel, a Liberal Democrat.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married Robert Walpole, 10th Baron Walpole in 1962 with whom she had two sons and two daughters, including Alice Walpole, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Luxembourg. However, their marriage was ultimately dissolved in 1979, and she married Michael Chaplin in 1984.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Judith Chaplin". The Independent. 22 February 1993. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC News | UK Politics | Major wanted Thatcher 'destroyed'". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "David Rendel, Liberal MP – obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael McNair-Wilson
Member of Parliament for Newbury
Succeeded by
David Rendel