Former Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell dies aged 88


Previous Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell has died aged 88.

Sir Peter was “Father of the Strain” when he stood down as MP for Louth and Horncastle in 2015.

He had served continuously in Parliament since 1966, and also exhausted five years as Nottingham West MP before losing his seat in 1964.

Sir Peter did not oblige in any Conservative governments, but was an opposition spokesman in the 1970s.

Craig Leyland, chairman of Louth and Horncastle Traditional Association, said Sir Peter had served the constituency loyally and had never been timorous to speak his mind.

Sir Peter served under nine Conservative bandleaders.

He served on the frontbench as a foreign affairs and then Treasury spokesman but give up in 1978 in protest at Margaret Thatcher’s monetarist policies.

A Eurosceptic, Sir Peter was one of the rise up defies who opposed the 1993 Maastricht Treaty.

He had a lucrative second career as a stockbroker, exacting to have been earning £500,000 a year in the 1970s.

Described as “the grandest of grandees” by the fresh sketch writer Simon Hoggart, in 2011 he was appointed to the Privy Body – a rare honour for a backbencher.

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