Michael Jopling

Thomas Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, PC, DL (born 10 December 1930) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and sits in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.[1]

The Lord Jopling

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
11 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byPeter Walker
Succeeded byJohn MacGregor
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
4 May 1979 – 11 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byMichael Cocks
Succeeded byJohn Wakeham
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
30 October 1973 – 4 March 1974
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byOscar Mutton
Succeeded byVacant
Assistant Government Whip
In office
8 November 1971 – 30 October 1973
Parliamentary Representation
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
5 June 1997
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Westmorland and Lonsdale
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byTim Collins
Member of Parliament
for Westmorland
In office
15 October 1964 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byWilliam Fletcher-Vane
Succeeded byConstituency Abolished
Personal details
Thomas Michael Jopling

(1930-12-10) 10 December 1930 (age 89)
Ripon, Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
ChildrenNicholas Jopling, Jay Jopling
RelativesCaspar Jopling (grandson)
Ellie Goulding (granddaughter-in-law)
Alma materDurham University
Newcastle University

Life and careerEdit

Jopling is the son of Mark Bellerby Jopling (1886–1958), of Masham, North Yorkshire, a partner in Imeson and Jopling (later Jopling, Cawthorn and Blackburn), surveyors, auctioneers and estate agents.[2][3][4] He was educated at Cheltenham College and Durham University. He was a farmer and company director, and served on the national council of the National Farmers Union. He was a councillor on Thirsk Rural District Council.

Having previously stood unsuccessfully in Wakefield in 1959, Jopling was elected Conservative MP for Westmorland, now in Cumbria, in 1964 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, he was elected for Westmorland and Lonsdale after boundary changes, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1983 to 1987.

In his Diaries, the military historian and Tory member of Parliament Alan Clark famously quoted what he claimed was Jopling's "snobby but cutting" dismissal of the ambitious Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine: "The trouble with Michael is that he had to buy all his furniture".[5]

After over 32 years as a member of the House Commons, he stood down in the 1997 general election and was succeeded by Tim Collins. He was absent during the last few weeks of his Commons career as he was severely injured in a car accident in February 1997. He returned to the House on the last day the house sat before it dissolved for the election, and was greeted at Prime Minister’s Questions by John Major at his last question session on 20 March.[6]

Jopling was made a life peer as Baron Jopling, of Ainderby Quernhow in the County of North Yorkshire on 5 June 1997.[7] He is a member of the Privy Council and the America All Party Parliamentary Group.

His eldest son Nicholas is also active in the Conservative Party. He contested the Sedgefield constituency in the 1992 general election, but lost to the future Labour Party leader and Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

His younger son, Jay Jopling, is a British contemporary art dealer and gallerist.[8]

His grandson, Caspar Jopling (son of elder son Nicholas Jopling) is married to singer Ellie Goulding.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Europa Publications. 2004. p. 832. ISBN 9781857432176. Michael Jopling 1930 Ripon, Yorks.
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 2, p. 1115
  3. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-22516/version/2
  4. ^ http://www.mashamhistory.com/joplings.html
  5. ^ Alan Clark Diaries: In Power 1983–1992 (Wednesday 17 June 1987) 1993 Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  6. ^ https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1997/mar/20/engagements#S6CV0292P0_19970320_HOC_105
  7. ^ "No. 54789". The London Gazette. 10 June 1997. p. 6745.
  8. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (10 November 2001). "Happy return". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie (31 August 2019). "Who is Ellie Goulding's husband Caspar Jopling?". men. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fletcher-Vane
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Succeeded by
Tim Collins
Political offices
Preceded by
Humphrey Atkins
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
John Wakeham
Preceded by
Michael Cocks
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
John MacGregor
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Hardie
Baron Jopling
Followed by
The Lord Howell of Guildford