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"The Right Honourable
The Lord Rippon of Hexham
"PC "QC
""Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg
"Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
4 March 1974 – 11 February 1975
Leader "Ted Heath
Preceded by "Jim Callaghan
Succeeded by "Reginald Maudling
"Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
5 November 1972 – 4 March 1974
Prime Minister "Ted Heath
Preceded by "Peter Walker
Succeeded by "Tony Crosland
"Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
25 July 1970 – 5 November 1972
Prime Minister "Ted Heath
Preceded by "Anthony Barber
Succeeded by "John Davies
"Minister of Technology
In office
20 June 1970 – 25 July 1970
Prime Minister "Ted Heath
Preceded by "Tony Benn
Succeeded by "John Davies
"Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
1969 – 20 June 1970
Leader "Ted Heath
Preceded by "Reginald Maudling
Succeeded by "George Thomson
Member of Parliament
for "Hexham
In office
31 March 1966 – 11 June 1987
Preceded by "Rupert Speir
Succeeded by "Alan Amos
Member of Parliament
for "Norwich South
In office
26 May 1955 – 15 October 1964
Preceded by "Henry Strauss
Succeeded by "Christopher Norwood
Personal details
Born (1924-05-28)28 May 1924
"Penn, "England
Died 28 January 1997(1997-01-28) (aged 72)
"Broomfield, "England
Political party "Conservative
"Alma mater "Brasenose College, Oxford

Aubrey Geoffrey Frederick Rippon, Baron Rippon of Hexham, "PC, "QC (28 May 1924 – 28 January 1997) was a British "Conservative politician. He is most known for drafting the "European Communities Act 1972 which took the United Kingdom into the "European Communities on 1 January 1973. He was Chairman of the "European-Atlantic Group.

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Early life[edit]

Born in "Penn, "Buckinghamshire, the son of the "Somerset cricketer "Sydney Rippon, Geoffrey Rippon was educated at "King's College, Taunton, and "Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was president of the "University Conservative Association. He was called to the Bar in 1948 and was "Mayor of "Surbiton 1951–52 and a member of the "London County Council from 1952.

Parliamentary career[edit]

After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of "Shoreditch and Finsbury in both "1950 and "1951, he became MP for "Norwich South in "1955.

As Minister for Public Building and Works in 1962, Rippon controversially sought to demolish and redevelop the Italianate "Foreign and Commonwealth Office main building designed in the 1860s by Sir "George Gilbert Scott.[1][2] After a campaign led by the "Victorian Society and a public outcry the decision was overturned and the building was subsequently granted Grade I listed building status.

In "1964 Rippon was defeated, but moved to the constituency of "Hexham in "Northumberland at the "1966 general election and remained MP there until retiring in "1987. Among his posts in the Shadow Cabinet was that of "Shadow Defence Secretary from 1969 to 1970.

In 1970 he became "Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under "Edward Heath, and being in favour of the "Common Market was given the responsibility of negotiating Britain's entry into it. In 1972 he moved to become "Secretary of State for the Environment. During his tenure the "Department of the Environment was housed on "Marsham Street in tower blocks of appalling ugliness, nicknamed 'the three ugly sisters'. Rippon is supposed to have commented to his civil servants that the view from the top floor was the best in London, as one could not see the towers themselves.

He was at one time a prominent member of the "Conservative Monday Club, for whom he authored a booklet entitled Right Angle, and was guest-of-honour at their Annual Dinner in 1970. The Club was, however, divided on the EEC ("European Community) issue, and at their conference in October 1971 members moved and carried a resolution opposing Britain's entry.

From 1979 to 1982, Rippon was President of the "European Documentation and Information Centre (CEDI).

House of Lords[edit]

He was created a "life peer on 5 October 1987 taking the title Baron Rippon of Hexham, of Hesleyside in the County of "Northumberland.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rippon, Geoffrey (13 November 1963). "Written Answers (Commons)". Hansard. 684 c3W. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Simon (8 July 2011). "Sir George Gilbert Scott, the unsung hero of British architecture". Guardian. 
  3. ^ "No. 51083". "The London Gazette. 8 October 1987. p. 12479. 

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"Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
"Henry Strauss
Member of Parliament
for "Norwich South

"1955–"1964
Succeeded by
"Christopher Norwood
Preceded by
"Rupert Speir
Member of Parliament
for "Hexham

"1966–"1987
Succeeded by
"Alan Amos
Political offices
Preceded by
"Reginald Maudling
"Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
1969–1970
Succeeded by
"George Thomson
Preceded by
"Anthony Barber
"Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1970–1972
Succeeded by
"John Davies
Preceded by
"Peter Walker
"Secretary of State for the Environment
1972–1974
Succeeded by
"Tony Crosland
Preceded by
"Jim Callaghan
"Shadow Foreign Secretary
1974–1975
Succeeded by
"Reginald Maudling
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