- Tom King, Baron King of Bridgwater
The Right Honourable
name = The Lord King of Bridgwater,
honorific-suffix = PC
birth_date = 13 June 1933
Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Secretary of State for Defence
term_start = 24 July 1989
term_end = 11 April 1992
Margaret Thatcher John Major
predecessor = George Younger
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
term_start2 = 3 September 1985
term_end2 = 24 July 1989
Secretary of State for Employment
term_start3 = 16 October 1983
term_end3 = 2 September 1985
successor3 = David Young
Secretary of State for Transport
term_start4 = 11 June 1983
term_end4 = 16 October 1983
predecessor4 = David Howell
successor4 = Nicholas Ridley
Secretary of State for the Environment
term_start5 = 6 January 1983
term_end5 = 11 June 1983
successor5 = Patrick Jenkin
party = Conservative
Educated at Sheriff House,
Rugby School; King was elected to Parliament at a by-election in 1970, following the death of sitting MP Sir Gerald Wells.
He held the posts of Employment Secretary and
Secretary of State for Northern Irelandat a time when these were high-profile roles with the potential for controversy, but was not very well-known.
King also served as Defence Secretary under Prime Minister
John Majorduring the Gulf Warin 1991. After retirement to the back benches, he became chairman of the Intelligence and Security Select Committee, during which time KGB agent Vasili Mitrokhindefected to reveal 87-year-old Melita Norwoodas a Soviet spy [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/444581.stm BBC News | UK | 'More KGB revelations to come' ] ] .
He is now a
life peeras Baron King of Bridgwater, and sits in the House of Lords.
He is married to Jane Tilney, now Lady King; and has one son Rupert (married to media and entertainment solicitor Alice Rayman), and one daughter Elisa.
In popular culture
King was portrayed by
Peter Blythein the 2004 BBCproduction of " The Alan Clark Diaries".
King was the subject of a song in the satirical ITV programme
Spitting Imagewhere he was dipicted as the Invisible Manduring his term as Secretary of State for Employment.
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