Tom King, Baron King of Bridgwater

British politician (born 1933)

Thomas Jeremy King, Baron King of Bridgwater, CH, PC (born 13 June 1933) is a British politician. He is a member of the Conservative Party.

The Lord King of Bridgwater

Secretary of State for Defence
In office
24 July 1989 – 11 April 1992
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byGeorge Younger
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
3 September 1985 – 24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byDouglas Hurd
Succeeded byPeter Brooke
Secretary of State for Employment
In office
16 October 1983 – 2 September 1985
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNorman Tebbit
Succeeded byThe Lord Young of Graffham
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
11 June 1983 – 16 October 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byDavid Howell
Succeeded byNicholas Ridley
Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
6 January 1983 – 11 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byMichael Heseltine
Succeeded byPatrick Jenkin
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy
In office
19 November 1976 – 4 May 1979
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byJohn Biffen
Succeeded byDavid Owen
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
9 July 2001
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Bridgwater
In office
12 March 1970 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byGerald Wills
Succeeded byIan Liddell-Grainger
Personal details
Born (1933-06-13) 13 June 1933 (age 90)
Rugby, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge

King was in the Cabinet from 1983–92, and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Bridgwater in Somerset from 1970–2001. He was made a life peer in 2001.

In October 1988, there was a plot to murder King at his home in Winchester during the growing intensity of The Troubles.[1]

References change

  1. "Denning condemns freeing of the Winchester Three". The Herald. 30 April 1990. Retrieved 3 April 2019.