John Gummer

John Selwyn Gummer, Baron Deben, PC (born 26 November 1939) is a British Conservative Party politician, formerly the Member of Parliament (MP) for Suffolk Coastal and now a member of the House of Lords.[1][2] He was Conservative Party Chairman from 1983 to 1985 and held various government posts including Secretary of State for the Environment from 1993 to 1997.


The Lord Deben

Gummer in 2006
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
In office
2 May 1997  11 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byJohn Prescott (Environment)
Succeeded byNorman Fowler
Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
27 May 1993  2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byMichael Howard
Succeeded byJohn Prescott (Environment, Transport and the Regions)
Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
24 July 1989  27 May 1993
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byJohn MacGregor
Succeeded byGillian Shephard
Paymaster General
In office
11 September 1984  1 September 1985
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byCecil Parkinson
Succeeded byKenneth Clarke
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
11 June 1983  2 September 1985
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byCecil Parkinson
Succeeded byNorman Tebbit
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
21 June 2010
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Suffolk Coastal
Eye (1979–1983)
In office
3 May 1979  12 April 2010
Preceded byHarwood Harrison
Succeeded byTherese Coffey
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham West
In office
18 June 1970  8 February 1974
Preceded byJames Dickens
Succeeded byChristopher Price
Personal details
Born (1939-11-26) 26 November 1939 (age 81)
Stockport, Cheshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Penelope Gardner
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge

Gummer stood down from the House of Commons at the 2010 general election and was appointed to the House of Lords as Lord Deben.[3]

Lord Deben is Chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change. He also chairs the sustainability consultancy Sancroft International, recycler Valpak,[4] and PIMFA (Personal Investment & Financial Advice Association). He is a director of The Catholic Herald and the Castle Trust – a mortgage and investment firm.[5][6] He is a trustee of climate change charity Cool Earth,[7] alongside the ocean conservation charity, Blue Marine Foundation.[8]