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(Thomas) Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, PC (born December 10, 1930) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and sits in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.

Jopling was educated at Cheltenham College and Durham University. He was a farmer and company director, and served on the national council of the National Farmers Union. He was a councillor on Thirsk Rural District Council.

Jopling was elected Conservative MP for Westmorland, now in Cumbria, in 1964 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, he was elected for Westmorland and Lonsdale after boundary changes, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1983 to 1987.

In his Diaries, the military historian and occasional Tory member of Parliament Alan Clark famously quoted what he claimed was Jopling's "snobby but cutting" dismissal of the ambitious Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine: "The trouble with Michael is that he had to buy his own furniture".[1]

Jopling was made a life peer as Baron Jopling, of Ainderby Quernhow in the County of North Yorkshire in 1997. He is a member of the Privy Council and the America All Party Parliamentary Group.

His younger son, Jay Jopling, is a British contemporary art dealer and gallerist.


  1. ^ Alan Clark Diaries: In Power 1983-1992 (Wednesday 17 June, 1987) 1993 Weidenfield & Nicholson

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fletcher-Vane
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Succeeded by
Tim Collins
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Cocks
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
John Wakeham
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
John MacGregor


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