Sir Peter James Luff (born 18 February 1955) is  Chair of the
National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. Formerly a
British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament
(MP) for Mid Worcestershire from 1997 to 2015, for Worcester from 1992
until 1997. He was a Defence minister from 2010 to 2012.
1 Early life
2 Parliamentary career
3 Personal life
5 External links
Peter Luff was born in the
Berkshire town of Windsor and attended the
local Windsor Grammar School (now the comprehensive Windsor Boys'
School) on Maidenhead Road. He studied at Corpus Christi College,
Cambridge, receiving a
Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics in
1976; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA
Before entering parliament he worked for three years from 1977 as a
research assistant to the Conservative MP Peter Walker, before heading
up Edward Heath's private office for two years from 1980. He became
the managing director of Good Relations Ltd, a public affairs company
In 1987, he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for
Trade and Industry, David Young. He became a senior consultant for
Lowe Bell Communications (now
Bell Pottinger Communications) in 1989,
before again working for Good Relations from 1990.
He contested Holborn and St Pancras at the 1987 general election, but
was comfortably beaten by the sitting Labour MP, Frank Dobson. He was
first elected to Parliament for Worcester, when he succeeded his
former boss, Peter Walker. Following changes in the parliamentary
constituency boundaries he was selected for the new Mid Worcestershire
constituency, comprising large areas of three old constituencies,
defeating another sitting Conservative MP,
Eric Forth for the
nomination. He won the seat comfortably and has been a member of the
House of Commons since 1992, although since 1997 he has held the safe
seat of Mid Worcestershire.
In Parliament he was appointed a
Parliamentary Private Secretary
Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS)
in 1993 to the energy minister Tim Eggar, from 1996 he served as PPS
Ann Widdecombe the prisons minister at the
Home Office and
Lord Mackay the Lord Chancellor, he held these two positions
simultaneously until the defeat of the Conservative government at the
1997 general election.
He has served on many parliamentary select committees, including
chairing the Agriculture from 1997 to 2000, and from 2005 to 2010 he
chaired what was successively known as the Trade and Industry
Committee; the Business and Enterprise Select Committee; and the
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.
He is the founder member of the Parliamentary Hunting with Hounds
Middle Way Group, and takes a keen parliamentary interest in India.
In the resulting
Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition
Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition of May 2010,
Luff was appointed as a junior Defence minister at the Ministry of
Defence, with the post of Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and
In the 2015 general election, Luff stood down as a candidate. Nigel
Huddleston was chosen to be the new Conservative Party candidate for
Mid Worcestershire. Luff was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for
political and public service. He joined the National Heritage
Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as Chair on 30 March 2015.
He married Julia Jenks in 1982. They have a son and daughter.
^ a b "Sir
Peter Luff Heritage Lottery Fund". hlf.org.uk. Retrieved
2 July 2017.
^ "The Middle Way Group". appmwg.org.uk. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence
Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports) -
GOV.UK". mod.uk. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
^ "No. 60728".
The London Gazette
The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013.
Peter Luff MP official constituency website
Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
Contributions in Parliament at
Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
Contributions in Parliament at
Voting record at Public Whip
Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Member of Parliament for Worcester
Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire