Peter Blaker, Baron Blaker

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Peter Allan Renshaw Blaker, Baron Blaker, KCMG, PC (4 October 1922 – 5 July 2009) was an English Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

Blaker was born in Hong Kong, son of Cedric Blaker. He was educated at Shrewsbury School before being evacuated to Canada in 1939. There he took a degree in classics, before being commissioned in the Canadian Army. On return to England he went to New College, Oxford. He qualified as a lawyer, and later joined the Foreign Office.

Political career[edit]

In 1964 he was elected Member of Parliament for Blackpool South, which he represented until 1992. In Parliament, he served as a Minister for the Army (1972–74), Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1974 and 1979–81). He was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence from 29 May 1981,[1] until 9 June 1983.[2] He was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1983 Birthday Honours,[3] and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) on 21 July 1983.[4]

House of Lords[edit]

On 10 October 1994 he was created a life peer as Baron Blaker, of Blackpool in the County of Lancaster and of Lindfield in the County of West Sussex.[5]

Blaker married Jennifer Dixon in 1953; they had a son and two daughters.

Styles and arms[edit]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1922–1964: Mr Peter Blaker
  • 1964–1983: Mr Peter Blaker MP
  • 1983: The Rt Hon. Peter Blaker MP
  • 1983–1992: The Rt Hon. Sir Peter Blaker KCMG MP
  • 1992–1994: The Rt Hon. Sir Peter Blaker KCMG
  • 1994–2009: The Rt Hon. The Lord Blaker KCMG PC

Coat of arms[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Keele: Ministerial membership of MOD 1970-97
  2. ^ Keele: Ministers who left the MoD who haven't gone elsewhere in Government
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 49375". The London Gazette. 10 June 1983. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "(Supplement) no. 49424". The London Gazette. 21 July 1983. p. 9700. 
  5. ^ "no. 53818". The London Gazette. 13 October 1994. p. 14327. 

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References[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roland Robinson
Member of Parliament for Blackpool South
19641992
Succeeded by
Nick Hawkins