Peter Luff

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Peter James Luff MP (born 18 February, 1955) is a former lobbyist and a former Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology at the Ministry of Defence. He was the member of Parliament for Worcester from 1992 to 1997 and Worcester Mid from 1997 to 2015. He announced in September 2012 he would not be contesting the May 2015 general election[1] and was replaced by Nigel Huddleston who held the seat.[2]

Before entering parliament he worked for three years from 1977 as a research assistant to the Conservative MP Peter Walker, before heading up Edward Heath's private office for two years from 1980. He became the managing director of Good Relations Ltd,[3] a lobbying company in 1982. In 1987 he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, David Young. He became a senior consultant for Lowe Bell Communications (now Bell Pottinger Communications) in 1989, before again working for Good Relations from 1990.

In July 2014 the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments approved Luff's appointment as the chairman of the oversight board at Royal United Services Institute and the University of Roehampton and the chairman of the board of directors at the Pub Governing Body.[4]

In 2015 he began working as an adviser to L3. [5]

Parliamentary career

He contested Holborn and St Pancras at the 1987 General Election, but was comfortably beaten by the sitting Labour Party MP, Frank Dobson. He was first elected to Parliament for Worcester, when he succeeded his former boss, Peter Walker. Following changes in the parliamentary constituency boundaries he moved seats to the new Worcestershire Mid, defeating the sitting Conservative MP, Eric Forth for the nomination. He won the seat comfortably and has been a member of the House of Commons since 1992.

In Parliament he was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in 1993 to the energy minister Tim Eggar, from 1996 he served as PPS to both Ann Widdecombe the prisons minister at the Home Office and Lord Mackay the Lord Chancellor, he held these two positions simultaneously until the defeat of the Conservative government at the 1997 general election. He has served on many parliamentary select committees including chairing the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee (1997-2000), and since 2005 he had been the chair of the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee.

He is the founder member of the Parliamentary Hunting with Hounds Middle Way Group, and takes a keen parliamentary interest in India.

Lobbying controversy

There have been a number of concerns over the close links between Bell Pottinger and influential Members of Parliament. Two reports in The Observer revealed that Peter Luff MP, in addition to being chairman of the Commons Agriculture Select Committee, was also in the pay of Bell Pottinger. According to the Observer, he had not made this apparent to his fellow committee members even when they were working on a report on GM [6]

Interests

  • 10 February 2007, my wife and I attended the BAFTA Awards and a dinner as guests of Orange, mobile phone and broadband operator. (Registered 18 February 2007)
  • 30 September -6 October 2007, to Hong Kong, to study economic developments in Hong Kong, as a guest of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. (Registered 15 October 2007)
  • Land and Property: Terraced property in Worcester, let on an assured tenancy.[7]

Affiliations

Director

Notes

  1. Andrew Woodcock Ex-defence minister Peter Luff to stand down Independent, 5 September 2012, accessed 15 May 2015.
  2. BBC News Worcester Mid, accessed 15 May 2015.
  3. Good Relations
  4. Gov.UK Summary of business appointments applications - Sir Peter Luff, 31 July 2014, accessed 15 June 2015.
  5. Sir Peter Luff, LinkedIn, accessed 18 August 2017.
  6. Antony Barnett, Public Affairs Editor Monsanto's lobby firm pays key MP Observer, Sunday July 4, 1999; Resign call over MP's link with GM food firm.
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/071120/memi17.htm