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The Honourable
 Sir Anthony Berry
 MP

Member of Parliament
for Southgate
In office
15 October 1964 – 12 October 1984
Preceded by Sir Beverley Baxter
Succeeded by Michael Portillo

Born 12 February 1925(1925-02-12)
Eton, Berkshire, England
Died 12 October 1984 (aged 59)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Mary Burke Roche (1954-1966)
Sarah Clifford-Turner (1966-1984)
Relations Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley, newspaper magnate (father)
Children 6
Occupation Conservative MP

The Hon. Sir Anthony George Berry (12 February 1925 – 12 October 1984) was a British politician, Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate, and a Whip in Margaret Thatcher's government. He was killed in the Brighton hotel bombing.

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Personal life

Born in Eton, Berkshire, Berry was the sixth and youngest son of the newspaper magnate the 1st Viscount Kemsley, and his wife Mary (née Holmes).

He married firstly, at Westminster in 1954, the Hon. Mary Burke Roche (born 1934), a daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. Mary was the elder sister of the Hon. Frances Roche, later Viscountess Althorp and then Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Sir Anthony and his wife Mary had four children: Alexandra Mary (born 1955), Antonia Ruth and Joanna Cynthia (twins, born 1957), and Edward Anthony Morys (born 1960). They divorced in 1966.

He then married Sarah Clifford-Turner at Chelsea in 1966 and had two more children: George (born 1967), and Sasha Jane (born 1969).

Career

He was elected as Conservative MP for Southgate (later Enfield Southgate) at the 1964 general election, and served in Margaret Thatcher's government after the Conservatives won the general election in 1979. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household between 1979 and 1981, Comptroller of the Household from 1981 to 1983 and was appointed Treasurer of the Household in 1983. At the time of his death he was Deputy Chief Whip in Thatcher's government.[1]

Death

On 12 October 1984, Berry was killed in the Brighton hotel bombing, when a bomb was planted in the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Conservative Party's conference. He was 59.[2] His wife Lady Berry was injured in the blast, but survived.[1]

In September 1986, Patrick Magee who carried out the bombing, received eight life sentences, but was released from prison in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.[3][4]

Since Magee's release, Berry's daughter, Jo Berry (a mother of three living in North West England) has received attention for her series of controversial meetings with the Brighton bomber, as part of her quest to come to terms with the bombing and, in her own words, "to bring something positive out of it". Some of their discussions were filmed for an Everyman programme, shown on BBC2 on Thursday 13 December 2001. She has received some criticism from other families of IRA victims for these meetings.[2][5]

A ceremony was held in Berry's Enfield constituency on 12 October 2009, the 25th anniversary of the bombing, at which his widow (now the Lady Donoghue, wife of the Lord (Bernard) Donoghue) and their daughter Sasha unveiled a plaque in his honour at the newly renamed Sir Anthony Berry House in Chaseville Parade, Winchmore Hill.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Coleman
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Carol Mather
Preceded by
Spencer le Marchant
Comptroller of the Household
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Carol Mather
Preceded by
John Stradling Thomas
Treasurer of the Household
1983
Succeeded by
John Cope
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Beverley Baxter
Member of Parliament for Southgate
19641983
Succeeded by
(constituency renamed)
Preceded by
(new constituency name)
Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate
19831984
Succeeded by
Michael Portillo
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