Anthony Berry

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The Hon. Sir Anthony George Berry (12 February 1925 – 12 October 1984) was a British politician, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate, and a Whip in Margaret Thatcher's government. He was killed in the Brighton hotel bombing.

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Personal life

Born in Eton, Berkshire, Berry was the sixth and youngest son of the newspaper magnate the 1st Viscount Kemsley, and his wife Mary (née Holmes).

He married firstly, at Westminster in 1954, the Hon. Mary Burke Roche (born 1934), a daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy, the elder sister of the Hon. Frances Roche.

Sir Anthony and his wife Mary had four children: Alexandra Mary (born 1955), Antonia Ruth and Joanna Cynthia (twins, born 1957), and Edward Anthony Morys (born 1960). They divorced in 1966.

He then married Sarah Clifford-Turner at Chelsea in 1966 and had two more children: George (born 1967), and Sasha Jane (born 1969).

Career

He was elected as Conservative MP for Southgate (later Enfield Southgate) at the 1964 general election, and served in Margaret Thatcher's government after the Conservatives won the general election in 1979. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household between 1979 and 1981, Comptroller of the Household from 1981 to 1983 and was appointed Treasurer of the Household in 1983. He was knighted in December 1983.[1] At the time of his death he was Deputy Chief Whip in Thatcher's government.[2]

Death

On 12 October 1984, Berry was killed in the Brighton hotel bombing, when a bomb was planted in the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Conservative Party's conference. He was 59.[3] His wife Lady Berry was injured in the blast, but survived.[2]

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