Marcus Kimball

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Marcus Richard Kimball, Baron Kimball (18 October 1928 – 26 March 2014) was a British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

The son of Major Lawrence Kimball,[1] he was born in Marylebone, London and educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a farmer and a Lloyd's underwriter. He was a councillor on Rutland County Council and commanded a squadron of the Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Political career[edit]

Kimball contested Derby South in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Gainsborough from a 1956 by-election until 1983. While representing this constituency, he wrote to Margaret Thatcher, after Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands, that he felt the British government should "let the Argentinians have the Falklands with as little fuss as possible." This letter, apparently written without the knowledge of his constituency party, remained secret until revealed by the release of part of the Thatcher archive in 2013.[2]
According to his obituary he treated his constituents in much the same way as he treated the tenants of his Market Harborough and Altnaharra estates advising potential MPs not to promise to hold surgeries and not to live in the constituency unless sure there was a good local hunt.[3] Kimball opposed separate taxation for women in 1978, saying women just gave the bill to their husbands.[3]

Knighted in 1981,[4] Kimball was subsequently given a life peerage as Baron Kimball, of Easton in the County of Leicestershire on 9 May 1985.[5]

Hunting interests[edit]

A keen huntsman, Kimball was joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt 1952 and 1953, and the Cottesmore Hunt 1953–58. He was chairman of the British Field Sports Society 1966–82, and its President 1996–98. He was vice-president of its successor organisation, the Countryside Alliance from 1998. He also held senior positions in greyhound racing, show jumping and light horse breeding organisations and in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Lord Kimball indirectly gave money to an anti-field sports organisation after an Industrial Tribunal ruled that he sacked his housekeeper unfairly and she donated part of her compensation.[6]

He died at the age of 85 on 26 March 2014.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kimball (Life Baron UK), Marcus Richard Kimball", Dod's Parliamentary Companion, ed. Andrew Cox, et al,, Vacher Dod Publishing, 1999
  2. ^ Thatcher papers show Falkland islands doubts in heart of Downing Street, The Guardian, 22 March 2013
  3. ^ a b "Lord Kimball - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 28 Mar 2014. Retrieved 28 Mar 2014. 
  4. ^ "no. 48700". The London Gazette. 7 August 1981. p. 10262. 
  5. ^ "no. 50123". The London Gazette. 15 May 1985. p. 6742. 
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph "Hunt-supporting peer's payout will go to animal rights group" 8 April 2002
  7. ^ "Lord Kimball". UK Parliament website. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Crookshank
Member of Parliament for Gainsborough
19561983
Succeeded by
Edward Leigh
as MP for Gainsborough and Horncastle
Preceded by
Peter Michael Kirk
Baby of the House
1956–1957
Succeeded by
Robert Cooke