Jim Prior is a British politician, and was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Lowestoft and for the renamed constituency of Waveney. He has served on the Cabinet of both Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher.
After graduation, he did military service as an officer in the Royal Norfolk Regiment of the British Army, serving in Germany and India.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1959, and was Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1970-1972, then Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council until 1974. Under Margaret Thatcher he was Secretary of State for Employment from 1979 to 1981. He next became Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and was in this office from 1981 until 1984. He learned to respect the qualities of the people and their determination to overcome great difficulties.
He retired from Parliament in 1987 and was later created a life peer as Baron Prior, of Brampton in the County of Suffolk. His successor, David Porter never managed to escape the shadow of Prior.
He is Vice President and was Chairman of the Rural Housing Trust.