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Chris Patten

British politician and colonial administrator

Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (Chinese: 彭定康;[1] born 12 May 1944) is a British politician. He is the 28th and final Governor of Hong Kong from 19 July 1992 until the end of British administration over the territory on 30 June 1997. He has been a Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2005. He represented Bath in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1992.


The Lord Patten of Barnes

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28th Governor of Hong Kong
In office
19 July 1992 – 30 June 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief SecretarySir David Ford
Anson Chan
Preceded byDavid Wilson
Succeeded byTung Chee-hwa (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
28 November 1990 – 11 May 1992
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byKenneth Baker
Succeeded byNorman Fowler
Ministerial offices
European Commissioner for External Relations
In office
16 September 1999 – 22 November 2004
PresidentRomano Prodi
José Manuel Barroso
Preceded byLeon Brittan
Succeeded byBenita Ferrero-Waldner
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
28 November 1990 – 10 April 1992
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byKenneth Baker
Succeeded byWilliam Waldegrave
Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNicholas Ridley
Succeeded byMichael Heseltine
Minister for Overseas Development
In office
10 September 1986 – 24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byTimothy Raison
Succeeded byLynda Chalker
Parliamentary offices
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 January 2005
Life Peerage
President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
In office
9 July 1992 – 19 February 1993
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputySir John Joseph Swaine
Preceded byDavid Wilson
Succeeded bySir John Joseph Swaine
Member of Parliament
for Bath
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 April 1992
Preceded byEdward Brown
Succeeded byDon Foster
Academic positions
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Assumed office
20 September 2003
Vice ChancellorSir Colin Lucas
Sir John Hood
Andrew D. Hamilton
Louise Richardson
Preceded byThe Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
Chancellor of Newcastle University
In office
5 October 1999 – 5 October 2009
Vice ChancellorJames Wright
Christopher Edwards
Chris Brink
Preceded byMatthew White Ridley
Succeeded byLiam Donaldson
Personal details
Born
Christopher Francis Patten

(1944-05-12) 12 May 1944 (age 75)
Cleveleys, Lancashire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Lavender Thornton (m. 1971)
Children
EducationSt Benedict's School
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Signature
Chris Patten
Chinese彭定康

ReferencesEdit

  1. "英媒:香港移交20年彭定康遺憾在哪裏?" [British media: 20 years after the Hong Kong handover, what does Chris Patten regret?] (in Chinese). BBC News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2019.