Peter Blaker

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The Lord Blaker

Blaker in 1978
Member of Parliament
for Blackpool South
In office
15 October 1964 – 16 March 1992
Preceded byRoland Robinson
Succeeded byNick Hawkins
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
10 October 1994 – 5 July 2009
Life peerage
Personal details
Born
Peter Allan Renshaw Blaker

(1922-10-04)4 October 1922
British Hong Kong
Died5 July 2009(2009-07-05) (aged 86)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Dixon
(m. 1953)
Children3
ParentsCedric Blaker (father)
EducationShrewsbury School
Alma materNew College, Oxford

Peter Allan Renshaw Blaker, Baron Blaker, KCMG, PC (4 October 1922 – 5 July 2009) was a British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

Blaker was born in Hong Kong, son of Cedric Blaker. He was educated at Shrewsbury School before being evacuated to Canada in 1939. There he took a degree in classics, before being commissioned in the Canadian Army. On return to England he went to New College, Oxford. He qualified as a lawyer, and later joined the Foreign Office.

Political career[edit]

In 1964 he was elected Member of Parliament for Blackpool South, which he represented until 1992. In Parliament, he served as a Minister for the Army (1972–74), Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1974 and 1979–81). He was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence from 29 May 1981,[1] until 9 June 1983.[2] He was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1983 Birthday Honours,[3] and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) on 21 July 1983.[4]

House of Lords[edit]

On 10 October 1994 he was created a life peer as Baron Blaker, of Blackpool in the County of Lancaster and of Lindfield in the County of West Sussex.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Peter Blaker
Coronet
A Coronet of a Baron
Crest
A Horse's Head Sable maned Or bridled Argent reined Ermine
Escutcheon
Per pale Argent and Or on a Chevron Sable between three Martlets volant Azure each holding in the beak a Rose slipped Gules seeded Or two Blackamoor Heads couped Argent the ears ringed Or between three Ermine Spots Argent
Supporters
Dexter: a Wildcat guardant Or; Sinister: a Chinese Dragon also Or
Motto
Esto Quod Esse Videris (Be what you seem to be)
Orders
Order of St Michael & St George circlet (Appointed KCMG 1983)

Personal life[edit]

Blaker married Jennifer Dixon in 1953; they had one son and two daughters.[6]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Keele: Ministerial membership of MOD 1970-97
  2. ^ Keele: Ministers who left the MoD who haven't gone elsewhere in Government
  3. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. p. 1.
  4. ^ "No. 49424". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 July 1983. p. 9700.
  5. ^ "No. 53818". The London Gazette. 13 October 1994. p. 14327.
  6. ^ "Lord Blaker (obituary)". The Telegraph. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roland Robinson
Member of Parliament for Blackpool South
19641992
Succeeded by
Nick Hawkins