David Lightbown

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Sir David Lightbown

Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
25 July – 28 November 1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Tony Durant
Succeeded by John Mark Taylor
Comptroller of the Household
In office
28 November 1990 – 12 December 1995
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Tony Durant
Succeeded by Timothy Wood
Member of Parliament
for South East Staffordshire
In office
9 June 1983 – 12 December 1995
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Brian Jenkins

Sir David Lincoln Lightbown (30 November 1932 – 12 December 1995) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for South East Staffordshire from 1983 until he died in office in 1995 aged 63 (he suffered a heart attack while watching a rugby match). The resulting by-election for his seat was won by the Labour Party candidate Brian Jenkins.

During his time in Parliament Lightbown served as a government whip. His imposing physique and reputation for robust methods led to him being branded “the Terminator”.[1]


  1. ^ "Dark rumours in Westminster over Tory whips' behaviour". The Guardian. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for South East Staffordshire
Succeeded by
Brian Jenkins
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Durant
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
John Mark Taylor
Preceded by
Sir George Young, Bt
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Timothy Wood

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