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Sir Peter Viggers 
MP

Member of Parliament
for Gosport
Incumbent
Assumed office 
28 February 1974
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 5,730 (13.3%)

Born 13 March 1938 (1938-03-13) (age 71)
Gosport, Hampshire
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jennifer Mary McMillan
Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Sir Peter John Viggers (born 13 March 1938) is a lawyer and Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He is the current Member of Parliament for Gosport.

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Early life

Born in Gosport, Hampshire, he is the son of John Sidney Viggers. He went to Alverstoke School and Portsmouth Grammar School. He studied at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, receiving an MA in History and Law in 1961. He qualified from the College of Law in Guildford in 1967. He became a solicitor in 1967. From 1970 to 1979, he was the Chair and Director of banking, oil, hotels, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and venture capital companies.[1]

Political career

He is Member of Parliament for Gosport, his home town, and lives just a few miles from where he was born. He was first elected in February 1974 and has been Gosport's MP since then. He served as the Industry Minister for Northern Ireland under Margaret Thatcher from 1986 to 1989. He left government in 1989 and returned to the back-benches.

He was the Chair of Calgary-based Tracer Petroleum Corporation from 1996 to 1998, and also of Lloyd's Pension Fund since 1996. He was a director of Jakarta-based Emerald Energy plc from April 1998 to 2003.

In 2002, he made headlines by suggesting the European Union adopt a "single European language" to cut down in translation costs.[2]

He was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to Parliament.

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The Duck Island Incident

In the 2009 scandal over MPs' expenses it is asserted Viggers claimed £20,000 on gardening expenses and £1,645 for a duck house.[3] It was announced shortly afterwards that he will be standing down at the next General Election as a result of this.[4][5] He has also stood down from his role as spokeperson for the Speaker's Committee answering Parliamentary Questions for the Electoral Commission. On his website, however, he claims about expenses: "Personally, I have of course always scrupulously observed the rules".[6]

Personal life

He is a vice-patron of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He is also an honorary treasury of the America All Party Parliamentary Group. For four years he was the Chairman of Governors at St Vincent College. He married (medical) Dr Jennifer Mary McMillan in 1968, and they have two sons and one daughter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
new constituency
Member of Parliament for Gosport
February 1974–present
Incumbent

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