Amery was born on 22 November 1873 in India. He was educated at Harrow School, and Balliol College, Oxford. He was elected Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1897.
Amery served as Private Secretary to L. H. Courtney, MP in 1896-1897. He was on the editorial staff of the Times from 1899-1909, during which time he organised the newspaper's war correspondence and coverage of the Boer War. He became a Barrister in 1902 and contested Wolverhampton (East) as Unionist and Tariff Reformer (1906, 1908, and January 1910) then Bow and Bromley (1910). From 1911-45, he was Unionist MP for the Sparkbrook (formerly South) Division of Birmingham.
During the First World War, Amery saw active service in Flanders and the Near East (1914-1916) then held the position of Assistant Secretary War Cabinet and Imperial War Cabinet (1917); he was on the staff of the War Council for the negotiations at Versailles, and served on the personal staff of Lord Milner, the Secretary of State for War, (1917-1918).
Subsequently Amery became Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Colonies (1919-21); Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (1921-22); First Lord of the Admiralty (October 1922-February 1924); Secretary of State for the Colonies (November 1924-June 1929); Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (July 1925-June 1929); then after a period in the wilderness, Secretary of State for India and for Burma under Churchill (1940-45).
He was made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1946. He died on 16 September 1955.
- The Papers of Leopold Amery, University of Cambridge, 3 November 2012.