John Cope was MP for South Gloucestershire, later called Northavon from 1974 (Feb.) to 1997 and has been a Conservative member of the House of Lords since 1997. He was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s Government from 1979 to 1990 and John Major’s administration from 1990 to 1994. He was successively Deputy Chief Whip (Commons), Minister for Small Business, Security Minister in Northern Ireland, Deputy Chairman of the Party and Paymaster General at the Treasury.
In the Lords he has been Opposition Spokesman on Northern Ireland, Opposition Spokesman on Home Affairs and from 2001 to 2007 Opposition Chief Whip. He is now a Conservative backbencher and a UK representative on the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly. He is a Trustee of the Conservative Party Archive at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Lord Cope was born in Leicester on 13 May 1937 and is a Chartered Accountant. He is married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren and now lives in Bath.