Peter Emery

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Sir Peter Emery
Member of Parliament
for East Devon
Honiton (1967-1997)
In office
16 March 1967 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Robert Mathew
Succeeded by Hugo Swire
Member of Parliament
for Reading
In office
8 October 1959 – 31 March 1966
Preceded by Ian Mikardo
Succeeded by John Lee
Personal details
Born (1926-02-27)27 February 1926
Died 9 December 2004(2004-12-09) (aged 78)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Sir Peter Frank Hannibal Emery PC (27 February 1926 – 9 December 2004) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Emery was born in London, but was evacuated to the United States during World War II. He was educated at Scotch Plains High School, New Jersey before serving with the Royal Air Force. He attended Oriel College, Oxford. While at Oriel he founded the political group United Europe with Sir Edward Boyle, Peter Kirk, and Dick Taverne. He was librarian of the Oxford Union.

Emery was a councillor on Hornsey Borough Council, chairing the housing committee. He was a school governor and a member of the executive committee of the London Municipal Society.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He stood for Parliament without success in Poplar at the 1951 general election and Lincoln. He first gained a seat in parliament at the 1959 general election, when he famously ousted trade unionist Ian Mikardo—of whose union Emery was a member[1]—from his Reading seat. He became a founding member of the Bow Group.

After being defeated in Reading in the 1966 general election, Emery returned the following year by winning a by-election in Honiton. He represented that seat and its successor East Devon until stepping down at the 2001 general election. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1993.

Emery spent most of his long political career as a backbencher, although he did serve as a junior minister under Edward Heath and, during his final term, served as treasurer of the powerful 1922 committee.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Mikardo
Member of Parliament for Reading
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Robert Mathew
Member of Parliament for Honiton
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Devon
Succeeded by
Hugo Swire