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John Ambrose Cope, Baron Cope of Berkeley, PC (born 13 May 1937) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1]

He served as Member of Parliament for South Gloucestershire from 1974 to 1983. When that constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, he was returned for the new Northavon constituency, serving in until his defeat in the 1997 general election by the Liberal Democrat Steve Webb. In 1988, he was sworn of the Privy Council.

Cope served as Paymaster-General in John Major's government between 1992 and 1994. Before that, Cope had been a whip, and played a significant part in the pressure put on the BBC to reintroduce Russian-language services during the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, apparently returning to a Cabinet meting to forcefully put the case, at the height of the uncertainty, that the recently-cut services should be reinstated forthwith. He was made a life peer as Baron Cope of Berkeley, of Berkeley in the County of Gloucestershire in 1997. He has served as Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords, on the Conservative front bench. In 2007 he was replaced be Baroness Anelay.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Corfield
Member of Parliament for South Gloucestershire
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Northavon
Succeeded by
Steve Webb
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Berry
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
David Hunt
Preceded by
The Lord Belstead
Paymaster General
Succeeded by
David Heathcoat-Amory


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