Marcus Richard Kimball (born 18 October 1928) is a British Conservative politician.
Education and Career
Born in Marylebone, London, Kimball was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a farmer and a Lloyd's underwriter. He was a councillor on Rutland County Council and commanded a squadron of the Leicestershire Yeomanry.
Kimball contested Derby South in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Gainsborough from a 1956 by-election]until 1983. His successor was Edward Leigh. Kimball was subsequently given a life peerage as Baron Kimball, of Easton in the County of Leicestershire in 1985.
A keen huntsman, Kimball was joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt 1952 and 1953, and the Cottesmore Hunt 1953-58. He was chairman of the British Field Sports Society 1966-82, and its President 1996-98. He has been Deputy President since 1998. He has also held senior positions in greyhound racing, show jumping and light horse breeding organisations and in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Lord Kimball, vice-president of the Countryside Alliance, unwittingly gave money to an anti-field sports organisation after an Industrial Tribunal ruled that he sacked his housekeeper unfairly and she donated part of her compensation.
In 2009 the Financial Times listed Kimball as employing Richard Ritchie the head of UK Government Relations for BP in their compilation of 'people employed by Lords who also work for lobbyists, public relations firms, companies or trade organisations.'
- Daily Telegraph "Hunt-supporting peer's payout will go to animal rights group" 8 April 2002
- Lobbyists in the Lords Financial Times, Published: January 27 2009 22:50 | Last updated: January 27 2009 22:50