Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, 7th Baron Skelmersdale

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Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, 7th Baron Skelmersdale (born 2 April 1945) is a British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords.

He was educated at Eton College.[citation needed]

Since 1972, Lord Skelmersdale and his wife Christine have owned and operated Broadleigh Gardens,[1] a horticultural centre at Barr House, Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset.[2]

Lord Skelmersdale succeeded to the peerage in 1973 on the death of his father Lionel Bootle-Wilbraham, 6th Baron Skelmersdale.[citation needed] He was made a House of Lords whip in Margaret Thatcher's government in 1981, holding that position until 1986. He then moved to the Department of Environment as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and then to the Department of Health and Social Security in 1987 before that department was split in 1988.[citation needed]

Lord Skelmersdale continued at the Department of Social Security until 1989 when he was assigned to the Northern Ireland Office, serving until the end of Thatcher's premiership in November 1990. He was not reappointed by John Major.[citation needed]

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Skelmersdale along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords.[citation needed] He was however elected as one of the ninety-two elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform.[citation needed]

Lord Skelmersdale was, as of 2006, a Conservative Shadow Minister for the Department for Work and Pensions as a member of David Cameron's front bench team, however, he did not become a minister in the coalition Cameron ministry starting in 2010.[3]

Lord Skelmesdale is a bridge player and a member of the all party parliamentary bridge group.


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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Trefgarne
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lionel Bootle-Wilbraham
Baron Skelmersdale
Heir apparent:
Hon. Andrew Bootle-Wilbraham