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Andrew Hunter (British politician)

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Preceded by  David Mitchell
Name  Andrew Hunter
Nationality  British
Role  Politician

Children  2
Succeeded by  Maria Miller
Religion  Anglican
Books  Work
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Full Name  Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter
Born  8 January 1943 (age 73) St Albans, Hertfordshire, England (1943-01-08)
Spouse(s)  Janet Bourne (deceased)
Alma mater  University of Durham Jesus College, Cambridge Westcott House, Cambridge
Education  Westcott House, Cambridge, Jesus College, Cambridge, Durham University
Political party  Democratic Unionist Party, Conservative Party

Andrew Robert Frederick Ebenezer Hunter (born 8 January 1943) is a United Kingdom politician and a member of the Orange Order. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Basingstoke from 1983 until 2005. From 1990 to 2001 he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Monday Club and is chairman as of 2008, succeeding Lord Sudeley.

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Early life

Hunter is the son of RAF Squadron Leader Roger F Hunter by his marriage to Winifred M Nelson/Hunter. The boy attended St George's School, Harpenden and studied at the University of Durham gaining a BA in Theology in 1966 and an MA in History in 1968. He gained a Diploma in Education from Jesus College, Cambridge in 1967 then studied at Westcott House, Cambridge. From 1968-71, he worked in manufacturing industry. He was a Classics teacher at Harrow School for 12 years from 1971-83.

Parliamentary career

Hunter contested Southampton Itchen as a Conservative in 1979, but lost to incumbent MP Bob Mitchell. Hunter was first elected to Basingstoke in the 1983 election. He is a member of the Conservative Monday Club and its Vice-Chairman from 1991 to 2001, when he was ordered by the Conservative Party to quit the Club. Since retiring as an MP he is once again Deputy-Chairman of the Club. Until 2002, he was a patron of the magazine Right Now!.

Hunter was active in thoroughly researching and exposing the Irish Republican Army (IRA) links with other groups, including the South African African National Congress (ANC), and in July 1988 called for Margaret Thatcher to deport all ANC members then resident in Britain.

In 2002, he withdrew from the Conservative Party in order to contest elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly as a candidate of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He had family and Orange Order connections with Northern Ireland and opposed the Good Friday Agreement. He stood in Lagan Valley in the 2003 Northern Ireland election, but failed to gain a seat, coming seventh in a six-seat constituency.

On 10 December 2004, he announced that he had joined the DUP Parliamentary Group in the House of Commons, the first Member of Parliament for a seat in Great Britain to represent a party based in Ireland since T.P. O'Connor, who represented Liverpool Scotland from 1885 to 1929 as an Irish Nationalist.

In February 2005, Hunter raised the case of Jeremy Bamber in Parliament, questioning his conviction for murdering his adoptive family.

Hunter stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election and suggested he would move to Northern Ireland to become more involved with DUP politics. However, the subsequent death of his wife Janet led to a hold on these plans.

Personal life

He married Janet Bourne in 1972 in Harrow, and they have a son and a daughter.

References

Andrew Hunter (British politician) Wikipedia


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