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The Lord Jopling
|Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food|
11 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Peter Walker|
|Succeeded by||John MacGregor|
|Chief Whip of the House of Commons|
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
4 May 1979 – 11 June 1983
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Michael Cocks|
|Succeeded by||John Wakeham|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
30 October 1973 – 4 March 1974
|Prime Minister||Edward Heath|
|Preceded by||Oscar Mutton|
|Assistant Government Whip|
8 November 1971 – 30 October 1973
Thomas Michael Jopling
10 December 1930
Ripon, Yorkshire, England
|Children||Nicholas Jopling, Jay Jopling|
|Relatives||Caspar Jopling (grandson)|
Ellie Goulding (granddaughter-in-law)
|Alma mater||Durham University|
Life and career
Jopling is the son of Mark Bellerby Jopling (1886–1958), of Masham, North Yorkshire, a partner in Imeson and Jopling (later Jopling, Cawthorn and Blackburn), surveyors, auctioneers and estate agents. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Durham University. He was a farmer and company director, and served on the national council of the National Farmers Union. He was a councillor on Thirsk Rural District Council.
Having previously stood unsuccessfully in Wakefield in 1959, Jopling was elected Conservative MP for Westmorland, now in Cumbria, in 1964 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, he was elected for Westmorland and Lonsdale after boundary changes, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1983 to 1987.
In his Diaries, the military historian and Tory member of Parliament Alan Clark famously quoted what he claimed was Jopling's "snobby but cutting" dismissal of the ambitious Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine: "The trouble with Michael is that he had to buy all his furniture".
After over 32 years as a member of the House Commons, he stood down in the 1997 general election and was succeeded by Tim Collins. He was absent during the last few weeks of his Commons career as he was severely injured in a car accident in February 1997. He returned to the House on the last day the house sat before it dissolved for the election, and was greeted at Prime Minister’s Questions by John Major at his last question session on 20 March.
Jopling was made a life peer as Baron Jopling, of Ainderby Quernhow in the County of North Yorkshire on 5 June 1997. He is a member of the Privy Council and the America All Party Parliamentary Group.
His eldest son Nicholas is also active in the Conservative Party. He contested the Sedgefield constituency in the 1992 general election, but lost to the future Labour Party leader and Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
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- Fitzpatrick, Katie (31 August 2019). "Who is Ellie Goulding's husband Caspar Jopling?". men. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Westmorland
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale
| Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
| Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury|
| Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
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