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Sydney Chapman

Member of Parliament
for Chipping Barnet
In office
4 May 1979 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Reginald Maudling
Succeeded by Theresa Villiers

Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Handsworth
In office
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Edward Boyle
Succeeded by John Lee

Born 17 October 1935 (1935-10-17) (age 74)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Claire Chapman
Alma mater University of Manchester

Sir Sydney Brookes Chapman (born October 17, 1935) is an English politician and architect. He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Chipping Barnet from 1979 until he stepped down at the 2005 general election.

Chapman was educated at Rugby School and Manchester University, where he studied architecture, gaining his Diploma in 1958 and ARIBA in 1960. He was Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1964 to 1966.[1]

He was first elected to Parliament in 1970 as MP for Birmingham Handsworth, but lost his seat when Labour returned to power at the February 1974 general election. During this period he was notable for "Plant a tree in 73", an initiative which led to the formation of the Tree Council.[2][3] Five years later, at the 1979 election, he was returned as MP for Chipping Barnet. He was briefly a whip during John Major's administration. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1997 to 2005.[4]

In the 2001 election the London Evening Standard nominated him the "dullest Tory candidate".[5]

He married his wife, Claire in 1976, (she was also his secretary when he was an MP)[6] and they have three children.[7]

After his retirement from politics, he moved from Barnet to Oxfordshire.[citation needed]

He is a vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews[8] and on the Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects for 2009-2012.[9]


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage, accessed 1 August 2009
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph 6 April 2005
  3. ^ Hansard 6 June 2005
  4. ^ Council of Europe Sir Sydney Chapman
  5. ^ Alex Renton London Evening Standard 29 May 2001
  6. ^ The Times October 16, 2003 Inquiry threatens to be a long dig, not a quick fix
  7. ^ Who's Who in Barnet
  8. ^ Council of Christians and Jews website
  9. ^ Builder and Engineer online RIBA Council Election Results 2009


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Boyle
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Handsworth
1970February 1974
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Reginald Maudling
Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet
Succeeded by
Theresa Villiers
Political offices
Preceded by
John Mark Taylor
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Timothy Kirkhope


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