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Sir Sydney Brookes Chapman (17 October 1935 – 9 October 2014) was a British politician and architect. He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Handsworth and Chipping Barnet.[1]

Sir Sydney Chapman
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
15 April 1992 – 7 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Lord Cham.The Earl of Airlie
Preceded byJohn Taylor
Succeeded byTimothy Kirkhope
Member of Parliament
for Chipping Barnet
In office
5 May 1979 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byReginald Maudling
Succeeded byTheresa Villiers
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Handsworth
In office
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
Preceded byEdward Boyle
Succeeded byJohn Lee
Personal details
Sydney Brookes Chapman

17 October 1935
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Died9 October 2014(2014-10-09) (aged 78)
Lower Heyford, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Claire McNab (m.1976-87)
Teresa Munoz (m. 2005-14)
Alma materUniversity of Manchester


Chapman was educated at Rugby School and Manchester University, where he studied architecture, gaining his Diploma in 1958 and ARIBA in 1960. He was Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1964 to 1966.[2]

He married his first wife, Claire in 1976, (she was also his secretary when he was an MP) and they had three children.[3] In 2005, he married his second wife, Teresa at Chelsea Town Hall.

After his retirement from politics, he moved from Barnet to Oxfordshire.[citation needed] He was a vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews[4] and on the Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects for 2009-2012.[5]

Sir Sydney died on 9 October 2014 in Oxfordshire.[6] A Service of Thanksgiving was organised by his family on 10 June 2015 at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. Attended by some 400 people including family, former colleagues, friends and constituents, the eulogies were read by Lord Ryder, Philip Porter and Sydney's sister, Cllr Christine Bateson.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Chapman first stood for Parliament, unsuccessfully, at Stalybridge and Hyde at the 1964 election, but was defeated by the incumbent Labour MP Fred Blackburn.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1970 as MP for Birmingham Handsworth, but lost his seat when Labour returned to power at the February 1974 general election. During this period he was notable for Plant A Tree In '73, an initiative which led to the formation of The Tree Council.[7][8] Five years later, at the 1979 election, he was returned as MP for Chipping Barnet. He was briefly a whip during John Major's administration. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1997 to 2005.[9]

Local AchievementsEdit

In the late 1980s, following the death of a horse rider crossing the A1 trunk road in Arkley, Sir Sydney championed the campaign to have a bridge put in for walkers, riders and cyclists' use. This campaign was successful, and the bridge opened in 1991. In recognition of his work, he was presented with an award by the British Horse Society's President at the bridge's official opening ceremony.[10]


  1. ^ "Sir Sydney Chapman - obituary". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, accessed 1 August 2009
  3. ^ Who's Who in Barnet[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Council of Christians and Jews Archived 9 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine website accessed 10 April 2012
  5. ^ Builder and Engineer online Archived 11 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine RIBA Council Election Results 2009
  6. ^ Barnet Today 10 Oct 2014 Former Chipping Barnet MP Sir Sydney Chapman dies
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph 6 April 2005
  8. ^ Hansard 6 June 2005
  9. ^ Council of Europe Archived 23 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Sir Sydney Chapman
  10. ^ Barnet and Whetstone Independent, 9 January 1992


Further readingEdit

  • Sydney Chapman (2010) Back to the Drawing Board - Memoirs of a Back Bencher (Absolute) ISBN 0955213991 Autobiography

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