Peter Bottomley

Member of Parliament for Worthing West

Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

His wife, The Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. They have one son, two daughters and several grandchildren.

His previous careers have included lorry driving, industrial sales and industrial relations. He is an industrial economist.

He has been Chairman of the Church of England Children’s Society and a trustee of Christian Aid. He is Parliamentary Warden at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.


Peter was President of the Conservative Trade Unionists from 1978 to 1980. His special interests included family policy and foreign relations.

He contested West Woolwich in the general elections of February and October 1974. He won the seat in June 1975 when it was re-named Eltham. This was the first by-election win under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.

From 1986-89 Peter was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, where his focuses included reducing drink-driving offences and improving transport accessibility for people with disabilities. From 1989-90 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, where his responsibilities included agriculture and environment.

In the 1997 General Election, Peter was elected as Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex.

He has served on the Select Committees on Overseas Development (1978-79), Transport (1992-97), Standards and Privileges (1997-2002) and the HS2 Rail Bill (2014-16).

Peter Chairs the APPG on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform and the APPG on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). He Co-Chairs the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood and is Vice Chair of the APPG on Justice for Equitable Life Policy Holders.

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