- Peter Lilley
nationality = British
party = Conservative
Clare College, Cambridge
Peter Bruce Lilley (born
23 August 1943, Hayes, Kent, England) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of ParliamentMP since 1983. He currently represents the constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden and, prior to boundary changes, represented St Albans which was its predecessor seat.
His father was a personnel officer for the
BBC. He was educated at Dulwich Collegeand Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied Economics. His Cambridge contemporaries included Kenneth Clarke, Michael Howardand Norman Lamont. Before entering Parliament, he was an energy analyst at the City of London stockbroker, W. Greenwell & Co.
Member of Parliament
Having been selected and elected for St. Albans, a safe Tory seat, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to
Nigel Lawson, then as Economic Secretary to the Treasuryand Financial Secretary to the Treasurybefore joining the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industryto replace Nicholas Ridley in mid-1990 after the latter was forced to resign over an anti-German remark. After the 1992 General Election he became Secretary of State for Social Security.
He contested the Conservative Party leadership election, 1997 coming fourth in a field of five. In opposition he held the post of Shadow Chancellor from 1997-1998 and was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party from 1998 to 1999.
In 2001 Lilley provoked some controversy in his party and Britain more widely by calling for
cannabisto be legalised in a Social Market Foundationpamphlet. [http://www.policylibrary.com/Essays/SMFCannabis/SMFCannabis.pdf]
In 2005 Lilley produced a report for the
Bow Groupcentre-right think tankthat was highly critical of Government plans to introduce national identity cards. [http://www.bowgroup.org/harriercollectionitems/IDCards.pdf]
David Cameronwas elected leader of the Conservatives in December 2005, Lilley was appointed Chairman of the Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group, part of Cameron's extensive 18-month policy review.
Peter Lilley has twice given singing performances at Conservative Party conferences. In 1992 as Secretary of State at the
DSS, he sang a riff on "I have a little list", from The Mikadoby Gilbert and Sullivan, condemning those who unfairly claimed benefits.
In September 2007 former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett named this speech, on BBC2's The Daily Politics, as one of his all-time favourite Conference moments.
His wife Gail is an artist.
* [http://www.peterlilley.co.uk/ The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP] official site
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Peter+Lilley/ ePolitix.com - Peter Lilley]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-3130,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Peter Lilley MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/peter_lilley/hitchin_and_harpenden TheyWorkForYou.com - Peter Lilley MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Peter_Lilley&mpc=Hitchin+%26amp%3B+Harpenden The Public Whip - Peter Lilley MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2090940.stm BBC News - Peter Lilley] profile 22 October, 2002
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/1425153.stm BBC article about Lilley's legalise cannabis proposal] 6 July, 2001
* [http://www.clarepolitics.co.uk/lilley.htm Lilley speaks about his work as Chair of the Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group] Clare Politics
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