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Sir Jeremy James Hanley, KCMG, (born 17 November 1945) is a former Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom, and a chartered accountant, certified accountant and chartered secretary.

Hanley stood unsuccessfully in the 1978 Lambeth Central by-election, before becoming a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Richmond and Barnes at the 1983 general election. On his first day in the House of Commons he ended up sitting next to Ian Paisley and introduced himself saying: "How do you do? I did not realise that you were on our side", to which Paisley famously replied: "Never confuse sitting on your side with being on your side." [1]

Hanley was the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Richard Luce from 1987-1990, and briefly the PPS to Chris Patten. He became an Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office in 1990, and a Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence in 1993.

In 1994, Hanley was brought into the Cabinet by Prime Minister John Major, who made him the Chairman of the Conservative Party. He served in this position until the 1995 Cabinet reshuffle, when he was moved to the non-Cabinet role of Minister at the Foreign Office, where he remained until the 1997 general election.

Hanley has been a member of the Privy Council since 1994.

Hanley's Richmond and Barnes constituency was abolished as part of a redrawing of consituency boundaries ahead of the 1997 election. He stood as the Conservative candidate for the new constituency of Richmond Park, but was defeated by the Liberal Democrat candidate Jenny Tonge.

Hanley was awarded a knighthood in John Major's farewell honours list in 1997.

Hanley is the son of the actor Jimmy Hanley (1918-1970) and the actress Dinah Sheridan (born 1920). His sister, Jenny Hanley, became an actress and TV presenter in the 1970s.


Times Guide to the House of Commons 1997

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
new constituency
(before: Richmond)
Member of Parliament for Richmond and Barnes
Succeeded by
constituency abolished
(after: Richmond Park)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sir Norman Fowler
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Brian Mawhinney


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