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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lord Dean of Harptree, PC , dies

The Lord Dean of Harptree, PC, died 1 April, 2009. He was aged 84.

As Sir (Arthur) Paul Dean, MP, he served as Tory Member of Parliament for Somerset North from 1964 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Woodspring from 1983 until his retirement at the 1992 General Election (Apr 9).

He was educated at Ellesmere College and Exeter College, Oxford. He was Member of Parliament for Somerset North from 1964 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Woodspring from 1983 until his retirement at the 1992 - preceding Dr Liam Fox. Sir Paul was a junior minister for Health and Social Security during the Heath administration 1970-1974 . From 1982 onwards, he was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons firstly under George Thomas and then Bernard Weatherill.

In 1993 he was made a life peer as Baron Dean of Harptree, of Wedmore in the County of Somerset.


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