King of Bridgwater, Baron cr 2001 (Life Peer), of Bridgwater in the County of Somerset; Thomas Jeremy King, CH 1992; PC 1979; born 13 June 1933; son of late J.H. King, JP; married 1960 to Jane, daughter of the late Brig. Robert Tilney, CBE, DSO, TD; one son and one daughter.
Educated: Rugby; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA). National service, 1951-53: commander Somerset Light Infantry, 1952; seconded to KAR; served Tanganyika and Kenya; Acting Captain 1953. Cambridge, 1953-56. Joined E.S. & A. Robinson Ltd, Bristol 1956; various positions up to Divisional Gen. Man., 1964-69; Chairman: Sale, Tilney Co Ltd, 1971-79 (Dir 1965-79); London International Exhibition Centre Ltd, 1994-; Director, Electra Investment Trust, 1992-. MP (C ) Bridgwater, March 1970-2001. PPS to: Minister for Posts and Telecommunications, 1970-72; Minister for Industrial Development, 1972-74; Front bench spokesman for: Industry, 1975-76; Energy, 1976-79; Minister for Local Government and Enviromental Services, DoE, 1979-83; Secretary of State for the Enviroment, Jan-June 1983, for Transport, June-Oct. 1983, for Employment, 1983-85, for NI, 1985-89, for Defence, 1989-92. Chairman, Parly Intelligence and Security Committee, 1994-2001; Member: Committee on Standards in Public Life, 1994-97.