Robert Cooke (Conservative politician)

Sir Robert Gordon Cooke (29 May 1930 – 6 January 1987)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.

Early lifeEdit

Cooke was born in Cardiff to Walter R. Cooke and Maud Cowie.[2]

Cooke was educated at The Downs School in Wraxall, Somerset, Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford.


He served as a councillor on Bristol City Council 1954-57 and was a teacher of English at a Bristol public school.[3]

While a councillor and teacher, Cooke contested Bristol South East in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Bristol West from a 1957 by-election until 1979. He introduced the Fatal Accidents Act 1959, the direct forerunner to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 which provides for investigation and compensation in cases of work-related deaths. He was knighted in the 1979 Birthday Honours. Cooke died in January 1987 at the age of 56 of Motor Neurone Disease.[3]

Film location ownerEdit

He was the owner of Athelhampton House in Dorset, location of the 1972 film Sleuth, starring Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, as well as the 1976 Doctor Who serial The Seeds of Doom.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  2. ^ General Register Office — Births in April, May and June 1930 Vol: 11a 570
  3. ^ a b Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1955, 1966 & October 1974

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Bristol West
Succeeded by
Preceded by Baby of the House
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