Former Conservative minister Lord Blaker dies aged 86

July 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Lord Blaker has died, the House of Lords was told yesterday.

He was MP for Blackpool South from 1964 to 1992.

Two years after leaving the Commons he was awarded a life peerage as Baron Blaker, of Blackpool in the County of Lancaster and of Lindfield in the County of West Sussex.

Peter Blaker served twice at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in 1974 under Ted Heath and and from 1979 to 1981 under Margaret Thatcher.

He also served twice at the MoD – from 1972 to 1974 he was Minister for the Army and from 1981 to 1983 he was Minister of State.

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Haymanm said yesterday at the start of business:

“My Lords, it is with deep regret that I have to inform the House of the death on 5 July of Lord Blaker.

“On behalf of the whole House, I extend our condolences to the noble Lord’s family and friends.”

Click here to read Lord Blaker’s obituary in the Daily Telegraph.


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