Michael Jopling

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Jopling
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
11 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Peter Walker
Succeeded by John MacGregor
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
4 May 1979 – 11 June 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Michael Cocks
Succeeded by John Wakeham
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
30 October 1973 – 4 March 1974
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Chief Whip Francis Pym
Humphrey Atkins
Preceded by Oscar Mutton
Succeeded by Change of government
Assistant Government Whip
In office
8 November 1971 – 30 October 1973
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Chief Whip Francis Pym
Member of Parliament
for Westmorland and Lonsdale
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Tim Collins
Member of Parliament
for Westmorland
In office
15 October 1964 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by William Fletcher-Vane
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born Thomas Michael Jopling
(1930-12-10) 10 December 1930 (age 87)
Ripon, Yorkshire, England
Political party Conservative
Children Jay Jopling
Alma mater Durham University
Newcastle University

Thomas Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, PC, DL (born 10 December 1930) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and sits in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.[1]

Life and career

Jopling is the son of Mark Bellerby Jopling (1886-1958), of Masham, North Yorkshire, a partner in Imeson and Jopling (later Jopling, Cawthorn and Blackburn), surveyors, auctioneers and estate agents.[2][3][4] He was educated at Cheltenham College and Durham University. He was a farmer and company director, and served on the national council of the National Farmers Union. He was a councillor on Thirsk Rural District Council.

Having previously stood unsuccessfully in Wakefield in 1959, Jopling was elected Conservative MP for Westmorland, now in Cumbria, in 1964 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, he was elected for Westmorland and Lonsdale after boundary changes, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1983 to 1987.

In his Diaries, the military historian and Tory member of Parliament Alan Clark famously quoted what he claimed was Jopling's "snobby but cutting" dismissal of the ambitious Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine: "The trouble with Michael is that he had to buy all his furniture".[5]

Jopling was made a life peer as Baron Jopling, of Ainderby Quernhow in the County of North Yorkshire on 5 June 1997.[6] He is a member of the Privy Council and the America All Party Parliamentary Group.

His younger son, Jay Jopling, is a British contemporary art dealer and gallerist.[7]

See also


  1. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Google Books. Europa Publications. 2004.
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 2, p. 1115
  3. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-22516/version/2
  4. ^ http://www.mashamhistory.com/joplings.html
  5. ^ Alan Clark Diaries: In Power 1983-1992 (Wednesday 17 June 1987) 1993 Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  6. ^ "No. 54789". The London Gazette. 10 June 1997. p. 6745.
  7. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (10 November 2001). "Happy return". The Guardian.

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Michael Jopling
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fletcher-Vane
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Succeeded by
Tim Collins
Political offices
Preceded by
Humphrey Atkins
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
John Wakeham
Preceded by
Michael Cocks
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
John MacGregor
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