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

Sir Peter Emery
Member of Parliament
for East Devon
Honiton (1967-1997)
In office
16 March 1967 – 14 May 2001
Preceded byRobert Mathew
Succeeded byHugo Swire
Member of Parliament
for Reading
In office
8 October 1959 – 31 March 1966
Preceded byIan Mikardo
Succeeded byJohn Lee
Personal details
Born(1926-02-27)27 February 1926
Died9 December 2004(2004-12-09) (aged 78)
Political partyConservative
Alma materOriel College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Emery was born in London, but was evacuated to the United States during World War II. He was educated at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey, graduating in 1943,[1][2] 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 careerEdit

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[3]—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. Emery was a freemason.[4]


  1. ^ Roth, Andrew. "Sir Peter Emery A loyal partisan Tory who was among the last surviving 1959 Commons' entrants from Harold Macmillan's 'you never had it so good' era", The Guardian, December 10, 2004. Accessed August 12, 2019. "The second world war caused his evacuation to the United States, where he was educated at the Scotch Plains High School, New Jersey, but he returned for his degree at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was librarian of the Union."
  2. ^ Conklin, Sean. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Hall of Fame Inducts Eight New Members", TAP into Scotch Plains / Fanwood, November 19, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Sir Peter Emery, Class of 1943, member of the British Parliament for more than four decades and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Emery served as a junior minister and as spokesman for the Treasury, Economics and Trade under Sir Edward Heath, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970-74."
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "Conservatives at the heart of Freemasonry". The Independent. 31 October 1995.

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