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The Right Honourable Sir Peter Frank Hannibal Emery (February 27 1926–December 9 2004) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He served as a member of Parliament for successively Reading, Honiton, and Devon East until stepping down prior to the 2001 general election.
Emery was born in London, but was evacuated to the United States during World War II. He was educated at Scotch Plains High School New Jersey before attending Oriel College, Oxford. Whilst at Oriel he founded the political group United Europe with Sir Edward Boyle , Peter Kirk , and Dick Taverne.
Emery first gained a seat in parliament in 1959, when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister, when he famously ousted trade unionist Ian Mikardo from his Reading seat. He spent most of his long political career as a backbencher, although he did serve as a junior minister under Edward Heath and, during his final term, served as treasurer of the powerful 1922 committee.
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