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Sir Peter James Luff (born 18 February 1955) is Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.[1] Formerly a British Conservative Party politician, he was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Worcestershire from 1997 to 2015 and for Worcester from 1992 until 1997. He was a Defence Minister from 2010 to 2012.

Sir Peter Luff
Peter Luff, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence.jpg
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology
In office
25 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byQuentin Davies
Succeeded byPhilip Dunne
Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
Business and Enterprise (2007-2009)
Trade and Industry (2005-2007)
In office
14 July 2005 – 6 May 2010
Preceded byMartin O'Neill
Succeeded byAdrian Bailey
Member of Parliament
for Mid Worcestershire
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byEric Forth
Succeeded byNigel Huddleston
Member of Parliament
for Worcester
In office
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byPeter Walker
Succeeded byMike Foster
Personal details
Born (1955-02-18) 18 February 1955 (age 64)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Julia Jenks (m. 1982)
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

Peter Luff was born in the Berkshire town of Windsor and attended the local Windsor Grammar School (now the comprehensive Windsor Boys' School). He studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics in 1976; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree.

Before entering parliament, he worked for three years from 1977 as a research assistant to the Conservative MP Peter Walker, before managing Edward Heath's private office for two years from 1980. He became the managing director of Good Relations Ltd, a public affairs company, in 1982.

In 1987, he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, David Young. He became a senior consultant for Lowe Bell Communications (later Bell Pottinger Communications) in 1989, before again working for Good Relations from 1990.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He contested Holborn and St Pancras at the general election of 1987, but was comfortably beaten by the sitting Labour MP, Frank Dobson. He was first elected to Parliament for Worcester, when he succeeded his former boss, Peter Walker.

Following changes in the parliamentary constituency boundaries, he was selected for the new Mid Worcestershire constituency, comprising large areas of three former constituencies, defeating another sitting Conservative MP, Eric Forth for the nomination. He won the seat comfortably and was a member of the House of Commons from 1992. In 1997 he held the safe seat of Mid Worcestershire until retained it until standing down in 2015.

He was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in 1993 to the energy minister Tim Eggar, and from 1996 he served as PPS to both Ann Widdecombe the prisons minister at the Home Office and Lord Mackay, Lord Chancellor. He held these two positions simultaneously until the defeat of the Conservative government at the general election of 1997.

He served on many parliamentary select committees, including chairing the Agriculture committee from 1997 to 2000, and from 2005 to 2010 he chaired what was successively known as the Trade and Industry Committee; the Business and Enterprise Select Committee; and the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.

He was the founder member of the Parliamentary Hunting with Hounds Middle Way Group,[2] and took a keen parliamentary interest in India. In the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition of May 2010, Luff was appointed as a junior Defence minister at the Ministry of Defence, with the post of Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.[3]

Prior to the general election of 2015, Luff had stood down as a candidate. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for political and public service.[4] He joined the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund as Chair of the Board of Trustees on 30 March 2015.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Julia Jenks in 1982. They have a son and a daughter.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Sir Peter Luff". Heritage Lottery Fund. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ "The Middle Way Group". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports) - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 1.
  5. ^ "'What an amazing experience' - Sir Peter Luff on his 23 years as a Worcestershire MP". Worcester News. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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