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For the music composer and producer of the same name, see Michael Lord (music).
The Right Honourable
 Sir Michael Lord

Assumed office 
Preceded by The Lady Fookes

Member of Parliament
for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Suffolk Central (1983-1997)
Assumed office 
9 June 1983
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 7,856 (15.4%)

Born 17 October 1938 (1938-10-17) (age 71)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jennifer Margaret Childs
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge

Sir Michael Nicholson Lord (born October 17, 1938, south Manchester) is a British politician, and Conservative Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich since 1997. He is currently the Second Deputy Chairman of the House of Commons sometimes known as the Second Chairman of Ways and Means.


Early life

He attended William Hulme's Grammar School in Whalley Range, Manchester and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he gained an MA in agriculture in 1962. He was a councillor on Bedford Borough Council (known initially as North Bedfordshire Borough Council) from 1974-77 and on Bedfordshire County Council from 1981-3.

From 1962-6, he taught agriculture and was also a farmer. From 1966-8, he was a director of Power Line Maintenance Ltd. In 1968, he founded Lords Tree Services Ltd. From 1983, as well as being an MP, he was an arboricultural consultant. He is a former president of the Arboricultural Association.[1]

Parliamentary career

He contested Manchester Gorton in 1979. He was first elected to the earlier seat of Central Suffolk in 1983.

He has been a deputy Speaker of the House of Commons since 1997, and therefore does not take political stances or vote in the Chamber. Before his position, he was one of the Maastricht Rebels, and was seen as socially conservative, opposing homosexuality and advocating the return of capital punishment. He was knighted in 2001. Before entering Parliament he was an arboriculturalist.

On 13 September 2009, he announced that he would step down as an MP at the next election .[2]

Personal life

He married Jennifer Margaret Childs in 1965 in Bedford, and they have a son and daughter.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
new constituency
Member of Parliament for
Central Suffolk

Succeeded by
constituency abolished
Preceded by
new constituency
Member of Parliament for
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Preceded by
The Lady Fookes
Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

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