Peter Temple-Morris

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The Lord Temple-Morris
Lord Temple-Morris 2015.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Leominster
In office
28 February 1974 – 7 June 2001
Preceded bySir Clive Bossom
Succeeded byBill Wiggin
Personal details
Born(1938-02-12)12 February 1938
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Died1 May 2018(2018-05-01) (aged 80)
London, England, UK
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative until 1998
Labour from 1998
Spouse(s)Taheré Khozeimé-Alam
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge

Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris (12 February 1938 – 1 May 2018) was a British politician. He was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Leominster in 1974; he stood down in 2001 after changing parties. He sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. He died on 1 May 2018 aged 80.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Cardiff, Temple-Morris attended Llandaff Cathedral School and Hillstone School (Malvern College's preparatory school) in Malvern, then Malvern College. He went to St Catharine's College, Cambridge gaining a BA in Law in 1958. He became a barrister, like his father, from 1962 at the Inner Temple, practising until 1989. His family home was in Cardiff, as his father Sir Owen Temple-Morris was MP for Cardiff East.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Temple-Morris was selected as the Conservative candidate for Newport (Monmouthshire) in 1964 and 1966 and Norwood in 1970. In February 1974, he was elected for Leominster, having been selected for the seat in March 1973. That same year, he was appointed vice-chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch). In 1979, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Norman Fowler, Executive Member, Inter-Parliamentary Union (British Group) and Founding Co-Chairman, British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body. He was a member of the Select Committees on Agriculture (1982–83) and on Foreign Affairs (1987–90). Temple-Morris was a strong supporter of Michael Heseltine.

Crossing the floor[edit]

Temple-Morris resigned after he was suspended from the Conservative Party in 1997 because Tory officials claimed he had "repeatedly and publicly questioned his continued commitment to the Conservative Party."[2] Speaking after his resignation, the MP told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm not surprised in all the circumstances and not a little bit relieved in view of the unhappy state of politics of the Conservative Party for some years now."

The BBC reported that Tory leader William Hague's action would be seen as an attempt to deflect attention from disappointing election results in Winchester and Beckenham. As for Temple-Morris, his disaffection toward his old party grew due to their hard-line stance on the euro.

From 1997-98, Temple-Morris sat on the government Labour benches, but did not take the whip, instead sitting as a one-man 'Independent One-Nation Conservative' group. However, on Saturday 20 June 1998 he joined the Labour Party but stood down as an MP at the 2001 general election.

House of Lords[edit]

Temple-Morris was made a life peer on 22 June 2001 as Baron Temple-Morris, of Llandaff in the County of South Glamorgan and of Leominster in the County of Herefordshire.[3] He sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Outside politics, Temple-Morris was appointed Chairman of the Macleod Group, an association of left-of-centre Conservative MPs, in 1979. Since 1995, he was President of the British-Iranian Business Association Society.

Temple-Morris contributed to the book What next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation in September 2011, his piece being entitled "Labour: Progressive Politics".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Temple-Morris's father, Owen Temple-Morris, was also a Conservative MP.[5] His son, Eddy Temple-Morris, is a DJ, XFM presenter, record producer and former MTV presenter.[6][7]

Temple-Morris married Taheré Khozeimé-Alam (the daughter of Amir-Hossein Khozeimé Alam of Dezashib who fled to London from Iran in 1979)[8] in 1964 in London.[9] The couple had two sons and two daughters.[5]

When he was an MP, Temple-Morris was known for his love of shooting, wine and food.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former MP Peter Temple-Morris dies aged 80". BBC News. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Pro-European quits Tories". BBC News online. 22 November 1997. Retrieved 15 August 2006.
  3. ^ "No. 56257". The London Gazette. 27 June 2001. p. 7571.
  4. ^ www.whatnextforlabour.com/contributors/
  5. ^ a b Dod's Parliamentary Companion, Charles Roger Dod, Vacher Dod Publishing, Limited, Robert Phipps Dod, Dod's Parliamentary Companion, Limited, 2004, page 737
  6. ^ Why Boris Johnson Playing the Hitler Card Was So, So Wrong, The Huffington Post UK, 15 May 2016
  7. ^ Our Ambassador Archived 29 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine., British Tinnitus Association
  8. ^ Obituary: Amir Hossein Khozeimé-Alam, Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2002
  9. ^ a b End of uneasy Tory marriage of beliefs, BBC News, 20 June 1998
  10. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/lp1958%20t.htm

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Clive Bossom
Member of Parliament for Leominster
February 19742001
Succeeded by
Bill Wiggin