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Sir Trevor Herbert Harry Skeet (28 January 1918 – 14 August 2004) was a New Zealand lawyer and a British Conservative politician.

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Early life

Skeet was born in Auckland, New Zealand and was educated at King's College, Auckland and the University of Auckland. He served with the New Zealand Army and Navy during World War II. He was a barrister and solicitor at the Supreme Court of New Zealand and was called to the English Bar in 1947 by Inner Temple. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Empire Society.

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. A Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

Kings College, Auckland independent secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand

King's College, often informally referred to simply as King's, is an independent secondary boarding and day school in New Zealand. It educates over 1000 pupils, aged 13 to 18 years. King's was originally a single sex boys school but has admitted girls in the Sixth and Seventh forms since 1980, and in the Fifth form since 2016. King's was founded in 1896 by Graham Bruce. King's was originally situated in Remuera, Auckland on the site now occupied by King's School, Remuera, in 1922 the school moved to its present site in the South Auckland suburb of Otahuhu.

University of Auckland University in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

Skeet first stood for Parliament in Stoke Newington and Hackney North in 1951 and Llanelli in 1955. He was elected Member of Parliament for Willesden East in 1959, losing the seat in 1964. He was then MP for Bedford 1970-83 and North Bedfordshire 1983–97. Ahead of the 1992 election, he survived a deselection attempt by his constituency party. In the 1992-1997 Parliament, Skeet rebelled frequently against John Major's ailing government, on issues such as the Maastricht Treaty; Skeet was a staunch Eurosceptic. [1] Indeed, Skeet was one of only eight Conservative MPs who voted against Major's government more than 50 times. [2]

Hackney North and Stoke Newington (UK Parliament constituency) parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Hackney North and Stoke Newington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since 1987 by Diane Abbott of the Labour Party, who has served as Shadow Home Secretary since 6 October 2016. Abbott was one of the first three Black British MPs elected, and the first female Black British MP in the UK.

Llanelli (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Llanelli is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1918 to 1970 the official spelling of the constituency name was Llanelly. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Willesden East (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Willesden East was a constituency in Middlesex adjoining the County of London and forming part of the London conurbation, in London itself from 1965. It returned one member to the House of Commons of the UK Parliament 1918 – 1974.

Personal life

He is survived by his widow, Lady Skeet, who resides in Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire. He was knighted in 1986.

Milton Ernest farm village in the United Kingdom

Milton Ernest is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Bedford itself. It had a population of 754 in 2001. This had risen to 761 according to the 2011 census. The village is situated on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, and is the site of Milton Ernest Hall, which was used as the United States Eighth Air Force's support command headquarters in the Second World War.

Bedfordshire County of England

Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

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References

  1. https://www.academia.edu/10809077/Rebels_and_rebellions_Conservative_MPs_in_the_1992_Parliament,p.88. Retrieved 26 March 2019; https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1469555/Sir-Trevor-Skeet.html. Retrieved 26 March 2019
  2. https://www.academia.edu/10809077/Rebels_and_rebellions_Conservative_MPs_in_the_1992_Parliament,p.88. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maurice Orbach
Member of Parliament for Willesden East
19591964
Succeeded by
Reg Freeson
Preceded by
Brian Parkyn
Member of Parliament for Bedford
19701983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Bedfordshire
19831997
Constituency abolished