- Peter Bottomley
name = Peter Bottomley
constituency_MP = Worthing West
1 May 1997
majority = 9,379 (20.9%)
predecessor = "Constituency created"
constituency_MP2 = Eltham
Woolwich West (1975-1983)
26 June 1975
1 May 1997
birth_date = Birth date and age|1944|07|30|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Virginia Garnett
party = Conservative
Trinity College, Cambridge
Peter Bottomley was born in
Newport, Shropshire, the son of Sir James Bottomleyand of Barbara, née Vardon, a social worker. He received his schooling in Washington, D.C.and then Westminster Schoolbefore going on to take an economicsdegree at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a lorry driver (hence his membership of the Transport and General Workers Union) before moving on to industrial sales and industrial relations. His last job before Parliament was putting lights outside theatres and cinemas in London's West End. In 1967 he married the well-connected Virginia Garnett, who later became an MP, a Cabinet Minister, a head-hunter and then a life peer. They have a son and two daughters and live in Milford, Surrey.
Peter Bottomley contested the Woolwich West parliamentary seat in the February 1974 General Election and in October failing to defeat the sitting Labour MP
William Hamling. William Hamling died on March 20, 1975, and in the space of 18 months, Bottomley faced the electors of Woolwich West for the third time at the June by-electionin the last year Harold Wilsonled the Labour government. Peter Bottomley was elected as the Conservative MP for Woolwich West on June 26, 1975 with a majority of 2,382, and held this marginal seat and its successor, Eltham, in Parliament for the next 22 years.
In 1978 he became the President of the
Conservative Trade Unionistsa position he held for two years. Before the 1979 General Election, Peter Bottomley became a trustee with Christian Aidin 1978 until 1984. He was for some years a member of the Conservative Monday Clubdespite disagreeing with their policies on immigration, race relations, Rhodesiaand South Africa. He has been chairman of he Church of England's Children's Society, a trustee of MIND and of NACRO and on the policy committee of One Parent Families. He served on the successor committee to the Archbishop of Canterbury's commission Faith in the City and chaired the churches' review group on the Churches Main Committee. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Committee.
He became the
Parliamentary Private Secretary(PPS) to the Minister of Stateat the Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeCranley Onslow in 1982. Peter Bottomley's seat of Woolwich West was abolished and Bottomley fought the new seat of Eltham which he won by over 7,500 votes. Following the 1983 General Election, Peter Bottomley became the PPS to the Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Security Norman Fowler.
After nine years on the backbenches, Bottomley became a member of Margaret Thatcher's government when he was appointed as the
Parliamentary Under Secretary of Stateat the then Department for Employmentin 1984, moving sideways at the Department of Transport in 1986 to become the Minister of Roads and Traffic. In 1989 he moved sideways again to the Northern Ireland Office. He was dropped by Margaret Thatcherin 1990, when he briefly became PPS to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Brooke. He has been a captain of the Parliamentary football team, no longer wins the parliamentary swimming competition and organises the annual dinghy sailing against the House of Lords, claiming never to have done worse than second. He was captain of the Commons eight, winning the Thames rowing race in gigs against the Lords 2007.
Since 1990 he has been a backbencher, described as a "maverick" but not a "rebel". Peter Bottomley decided not to contest Eltham after major boundary change at the 1997 General Election, but sought nomination elsewhere. Following the retirement of the veteran Conservative MP Terence Higgins, Bottomley contested Worthing West and won with a majority of over 9,000. He has held the seat comfortably since. In 2002-2003 he was Master of the
Worshipful Company of Drapersand has now been a Member of Parliament for over 30 years and though yet to reach retirement age is one of the 20 longest serving MPs.
Bottomley is the Treasurer of the
All-Party Group for World Government. [http://www.oneworldtrust.org/?display=pgwg]
His current campaigns include KWASH, Keeping the Worthing and Southlands hospital; clemency for
Krishna Maharaj; changing the troublesome system of Modernising Medical Careers for doctors in training.
* [http://www.peterbottomley.org.uk/ Peter Bottomley] official site
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Peter+Bottomley/ ePolitix.com - Peter Bottomley MP]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-518,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Peter Bottomley MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/peter_bottomley/worthing_west TheyWorkForYou.com - Peter Bottomley MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Peter_Bottomley&mpc=Worthing+West The Public Whip - Peter Bottomley MP] voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/650.stm BBC News - Peter Bottomley] profile 10 February, 2005
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