Lord Prior

James Prior

James Prior



Address as

Lord Prior

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 5353


Electoral history

MP (Conservative) for Lowestoft 1959-83, for Waveney 1983-87

Parliamentary career

PPS: to President of the Board of Trade 1962-63, to Minister of Power 1963-64, to Edward Heath as Leader of the Opposition 1965-70; Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1970-72; Lord President and Leader of the House 1972-74; Opposition Spokesperson for Employment 1974-79; Secretary of State for: Employment 1979-81, Northern Ireland 1981-84

Lords career

On leave of absence

Party groups

Conservative Party: Vice-chair 1965, Deputy Chair 1972-74; Hon. Life member, Tory Reform Group

Councils, public bodies

Chairman: Council for Industry and Higher Education 1985-92, Archbishops' Commission on Rural Areas 1988-91

International bodies

Chair, Arab-British Chamber of Commerce 1996-2004

Political interests

Agriculture, industry, education, health

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Prior, of Brampton in the County of Suffolk 1987

Register of Interests


On leave of absence; exempt from registration